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Oldboy
Oldboy(2005)

Chan-wook Park's Oldboy is without a doubt the best foreign film I have seen and is also one of the best films I have ever seen. Everything in this movie is just incredible; from the writing to the directing to the acting, it's all just wonderfully done. One of the things that I loved about this movie is that it's a phenomenal character study on a man that is hell bent on revenge and determined to find the truth of why he was imprisoned for fifteen years. Throughout the story you see the character Oh Dae-su go through so much and because of these events he goes through some tremendous changes. This character goes from being a drunk to something else entirely other the course of fifteen years and it is just incredible to watch. I also really loved how original the story was because it is like nothing I have ever seen before. The story is so dark and disturbing, but I was so riveted by it. There is only one movie that I could say is similar to this film just because of the ending, but I'd rather not say it just to avoid spoilers. Like I was saying, the story for this movie is just fantastic because it takes you on a journey. I never knew what was going to happen next and I loved that; I didn't even see the big twist coming which really shocked me. Director Chan-wook Park does a extraordinary job directing this film. The way he set up his shots just amazed me, especially the hallway scene that everyone talks about after seeing this movie. This film is also beautifully shot, edited, and scored. As far as acting goes, I can't tell if foreign actors are giving a good performance because I don't speak their language so I cant tell if their dialogue delivery is good, but from what I could see everyone gave a great performance. The two standouts here are Min-sik Choi and Ji-tae Yu. Choi does an excellent job at portraying the many changes of the main character, Oh Dae-suh, and Yu gives a terrific performance as the film's villain. In the end, Oldboy is not a film for everyone but is a film that I fell in love with because of well made it was. If your into foreign movies or revenge stories then definitely check this one out.

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station is a stunning film that introduces us to a very talented Writer/Director named Ryan Coogler. Fruitvale Station shows us the final 24 hours of Oscar Grant's life, a 22 year old man who was shot and murdered at Fruitvale Station on the first of January in 2009. I was really interested in seeing Fruitvale Station because I heard nothing but great things about it from both critics and audiences. Now that I have seen Fruitvale Station I can say that is deserves all the praise it's getting because it is a phenomenal film that everyone should see. What truly amazes me about this film is how well written and directed it is because it's by a man who had never done a feature film before this. Coolger's script was just fantastic, he got me invested into the story and invested into the character of Oscar Grant which made me care for him. Throughout this movie you are hoping that things turn out ok for Oscar but the sad thing is you already know how the film is going to end. Let me say that I found the ending of the film to be extremely hard to watch and so will others, the ending was just so sad and tragic that it brought tears to me eyes. One thing I loved about Coogler's writing/directing is that he didn't Hollywoodize the story at all, he gave a realistic portrayal of what happened four years ago and I thought that was bold. I also thought he did an incredible job at showing you who Oscar Grant was; he showed his past, he showed us how he's just a guy whose trying to get his life back together, he even showed us how he interacts with people. Well, that's enough about Coogler for now, let's get into the performances from the cast. Michael B. Jordan's portrayal of Oscar Grant was just spectacular, his performance was just so good because he his part of the reason why you care for his character. Jordan just becomes Oscar and I found him to be truly incredible, if he does not get an Oscar nod for his performance I will be extremely unhappy because he truly does deserve it. This film also has some great performances from Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer, both actresses were just terrific for their parts and I could see Spencer potentially getting an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress. In the end Fruitvale Station is an extremely well-made, hard-hitting drama that is one of the best films of 2013. I highly recommend seeing this film even though it is a hard watch.

Paranoia
Paranoia(2013)

The only word I can think of to describe Paranoia is bland. Paranoia is far from being the worst movie of 2013, but it's just so bland; which is really disappointing considering the fact that it has two terrific actors in it. I didn't hate myself for watching this movie, but I just wish that it wasn't so dull. What made this movie so generic is it's lifeless screenplay by Jason Dean Hall and Barry L. Levy. Personally, I thought the story was actually somewhat interesting, but the problem is that this movie is as clichéd as it gets. I knew everything that was going to happen in this movie just by watching the trailer which is really disappointing. The dialogue here was also pretty iffy and the characters were just as clichéd as the story was. Robert Luketic is the director of this film and his direction was not bad, but it also wasn't that good. Luketic didn't add much to the movie with his direction which just made the movie even more dull and bland. Without a doubt, the best part about this movie is the performances by Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. Why these actors are in this film I don't know, but what I do know is that these two saved this movie from being a total snooze fest. Both actors did a very good job and the two scenes that they were onscreen together were the two best scenes of the entire movie. Liam Hemsworth was fine in this movie even though I don't think he's ready to be a leading man yet. He's got the looks but he's nowhere near as being as good as his brother, Chris Hemsworth. Maybe it's the direction, maybe it's not, but for right now I think Liam should stick to supporting roles. Someday I do believe that Liam could be a leading man, but not right now. One more thing about Liam, he runs very awkwardly in this movie. Amber Heard is great eye candy in this movie, but I didn't believe her as her character. Oh well, she's still hot. In the end, Paranoia is just bland film that is something you'd probably watch on cable and forget about it ten minutes after watching it. Don't pay money to watch this movie, just wait for it to be on TV or Netflix streaming.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
½

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is without a doubt one of the most anticipated films of 2013, if not the most anticipated. I myself was really anticipating Catching Fire because I am a huge fan of the novels by Suzanne Collins and because I really enjoyed the first film. What added to my anticipation was the fact that Catching Fire was my favorite book of the trilogy, so I was hoping that the movie would be just as great. After months of waiting, Catching Fire is finally here and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint. If Gravity hadn't come out earlier this year, I would have said that Catching Fire is the best blockbuster of the year because it truly is fantastic. Screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt do Collin's novel justice because the writing for this movie is actually very, very good. The two writers do a great job at developing the film's story and at fleshing out the characters; which is really important for a film like this. In a movie you don't have as much time to develop the story or characters as you do in a book, but the two writers did an excellent job at developing the story and characters. Gary Ross directed the first film and replacing him is director Francis Lawrence. I thought Lawrence's direction was much better than Ross's; not to say that Ross did a bad job. What I loved about Lawrence's direction is that he didn't use as much shaky-cam for the action sequences. In the first film I thought that Ross used shaky-cam too much and because of that you couldn't see the action sequences that well, but in Catching Fire the action sequences well shot and well done. Another thing Lawrence did an incredible job at is creating the suspense. I know everything that's going to happen because I read the book, but watching the film was just as suspenseful as watching the book because of Lawrence's fantastic direction. Together, I thought that Lawrence and cinematographer Jo Willems did a brilliant job at capturing Collin's vision, because for me personally everything looked liked I imagined in the book. And the cinematography in general was just beautiful and looked incredible on screen. One thing worth mentioning in a movie like this is the costumes and makeup because they're just wonderful in this film, and once again just like I imagined in the book. The performances in this movie are just astounding. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen and she becomes her character. She does such an extraordinary at portraying the many emotions of Katniss and once again proves that she's once of the best actresses working today. Josh Hutcherson reprises his role as Peeta Mellark and he did a much better job this time around. I don't know if it was the directing or what because Hutcherson gave a much stronger performance then he did last time. I also thought that Lawrence's and Hutcherson's relationship on screen was more believable and that they had great chemistry with each other. This film also has some great performances by the returning cast members and some of the newcomers which includes Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin. Boy, that's a lot of people. In the end, Catching Fire is an fantastic adaption and an awesome blockbuster that I would highly recommend to fans of the novels and the average movie goers. Oh, and one last thing; please marry me Jennifer Lawrence.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)

Let me start out by saying that I was not looking forward to seeing Ender's Game at all and originally I didn't plan on seeing it in theaters. None of the trailers really intrigued me because it looked like a really bad Sci-Fi movie that was just trying to be the next big teen blockbuster that's whole purpose was just to make money at the box office. It didn't help when I learned that the director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film that I thought was just terrible, would be writing and directing the film. After hearing some very good things about Ender's Game from both friends and critics I decided to check it out because there was nothing else at my theater that I wanted to see. I am very shocked to say that I actually really enjoyed Ender's Game. Now before I start to talk about the film I need to say that I have not read the book by Orson Scott Card so I don't know how faithful the film was to the book, I will just be reviewing it as a movie. What surprised me the most about Ender's Game was the screenplay by Gavin Hood which was very well written. To me the best thing about this movie is it's story telling; a few things could have been better and more developed but for the most part the story was fantastic. I was very much entertained by the story because the whole concept of the film was very interesting and it just stuck with me long after seeing the film. What shocked me the most about the story was the themes that the filmmakers dived into, the themes brought up in this movie were themes I was not expecting at all out of a teen blockbuster but they worked so well and were a pleasant surprise. Gavin Hood also did a very good job at directing the film, after seeing some of his interviews and his work with this movie I now see that X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn't his fault, it was the studio's fault. Hood's direction in this movie was excellent because he did a fine job at directing his actors while also maintaining the a strong tone. His style also worked very well for the film, each shot was perfect for the scene and some of the shots in this movie were pretty incredible. Speaking off incredible the visual effects were pretty amazing, especially the visual effects used in the zero gravity sequences. Another thing that amazed me was the performances by both the young actors and the veteran actors. Asa Butterfield proved in Martin Scorsese's Hugo that he is talented young actor and he proves it once again in Ender's Game. Butterfield portrays the many emotions of Ender flawlessly and you totally believe him as this confused child that is also very intelligent. Harrison Ford gives one of his best performances in recent years because he is so riveting as Colonel Graff, a man who is prepared to do anything to save Earth. Although he's in the film for a short amount of time Ben Kingsley still gives a great performance along with the rest of the supporting cast which includes Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin. Despite some minor story problems, I thought Ender's Game was a compelling Sci-Fi drama that is definitely worth seeing.

Halloween
Halloween(1978)

If your not watching Halloween on October 31st then your celebrating the holiday of Halloween all wrong, it's like not watching A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve or Day. Personally I love Halloween, I think it's a phenomenal horror film and one of the best horror films ever made. What makes this movie a classic is John Carpenter who directed the film. Carpenter's direction in Halloween is a lot like Alfred Hitchcock's direction in Psycho which is not bad at all. What Carpenter did best with this movie was creating tension and suspense, every time I watch this movie I'm either on the edge of my seat or curled up into a ball. This movie may be 35 years old but it never fails to scare me, even though I've seen this movie hundreds of times and know what happens next I still find it terrifying to watch. The funny thing about Halloween is that it's not even that violent yet it managed to scare the living hell out of me and that's all because of Carpenter. Another thing Carpenter did as a director was setting up the shots for this movie that were all captured by cinematographer Dean Cundey. Cundey's cinematography was just phenomenal, he moved the camera and lit each seen perfectly. His attention to detail was just spot on and overall he just made the film look fantastic. Not only did John Carpenter direct this movie but he also co-wrote the film with Debra Hill. The script for this movie is very good, the story was excellent and some of the characters were actually well done. I thought that the whole backstory between Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis was brilliant and that for the time the story was pretty original. Even today I still think that the story was well done, the teenage drama didn't even bother me. The acting for this film is for the most part really good. Donald Pleasance just knocks it out of the park in this movie. Besides Michael Myers, Pleasance's character Dr. Loomis is the most interesting and Pleasance's portrayal of Loomis was spot on. Halloween featured the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis and she was great in the film as the terrified babysitter. Unlike the other victims I actually cared for Curtis's character because of her performance. Today I still think that Curtis holds the "Scream Queen" title. You can't talk about Halloween without mentioning it's iconic score that just sends chills down my spine every time I hear it; which was also done John Carpenter. If you somehow have not seen Halloween yet I highly recommend seeing it immediately and make sure your in a dark room at night. Halloween is one of my favorite movies of all-time so if you decide not to see it then I will send my buddy Michael to get you and force you to watch it.

The Counselor

In the few days that it's been out, The Counselor has been getting trashed by both critics and audiences alike. The Counselor was one of my most anticipated films of 2013 so of course I still went in with an open mind. I was baffled when I walked out of the theater because I thought that The Counselor was a magnificent film on every single level. Did I see the same movie that everyone else saw? Anyway, let me start out by talking about the writing which I thought was astounding. Writer Cormac McCarthy does an incredible job at creating an intriguing story that had me so invested into what was going on. The story grabbed my attention right from the very strange but great opening and didn't let go until the film ended. McCarthy writes some masterful dialogue in this film that just amazed me as I was watching it, especially some of the dialogue between Michael Fassbender's and Javier Bardem's characters. The legendary Ridley Scott directs this movie and his directing is just wonderful in this film, Scott's camera angles were always perfect and his directing helped propel the story. Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski does a beautiful job at capturing the locations and the color schemes while also focusing on the characters when necessary, all of this comes together perfectly and looks gorgeous on screen. The acting in this movie is nothing short from amazing because this movie has an all-star cast. Michael Fassbender has proved to be one of the best actors working today over the past few years and his performance in this film is nothing short from spectacular. Fassbender did a very good job at making me symphonize for his character even though his character has made some very bad choices. I thought Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Peneolope Cruz, and even Cameron Diaz gave strong performances and that it was some of their best work in awhile. What I find intriguing others may find boring; The Counselor may not be for everyone but I still recommend giving it a shot. In my opinion The Counselor is one of the best films of 2013, once again please give it a shot because it may surprise you.

The Conjuring

To me the horror genre is the weakest genre in film right now because every horror movie is usually the same. Each movie is the same clichéd garbage that we've all seen before but why do we keep getting them; because they're cheap to make and they make a lot of money. With The Conjuring we finally get something new that is truly horrifying and something that is truly brilliant. The true star of The Conjuring is director James Wan. Wan does an incredible job a creating tension and this creepy atmosphere, I felt very uncomfortable while watching this movie and sometimes I even felt paralyzed because of how intense this movie was. One thing that I love about Wan is that he doesn't use cheap jump scares, he creates some very effective scares by setting up some great shots and by building the suspense. Wan did not hold back what so ever on the scares because this movie scared the living sh*t out of me and there are still some images that creep around in the back of my head that stop me from sleeping at night. What helps with the scares is the wonderful effect work with all the makeup effects and other practical effects. Capturing Wan's vision is cinematographer John R. Leonetti who makes everything look so dark and beautiful. Scoring this movie is Joseph Bishara who comes up with some creepy music that is quite memorable. This film also features an excellent script by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes. The story isn't the most original but it works so well because the Hayes brothers do a good job at getting you engaged by having characters that you actually care about. Overall the writing was very good because I was invested in the story and invested with the characters. Good acting is hard to come by these days in horror movies but the acting in The Conjuring is just phenomenal. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are marvelous as Ed and Lorrain Warren, they have such great chemistry that helps create a believable relationship between them. Lili Taylor is spectacular as well, her performance is so riveting because she captures the changes that her character goes through perfectly. All of the supporting cast is great which is quite remarkable, I didn't any issue with the acting which is so rare for a horror movie. The Conjuring was a huge surprise and ended up being one of the best horror movies that I have ever seen. If you are a fan of horror movies than you are in for a treat, even if you don't like the horror genre I suggest you see this film because it is something else entirely.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
½

What do you get when you combine the Jackass movies, Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and Bruno? Well, you get Bad Grandpa, the latest film by the Jackass crew. Bad Grandpa really isn't a movie, it's just Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll pranking people all throughout the U.S., which isn't bad at all because it's pretty damn hilarious at times. The pranks that these guys come up with are just so clever and most of them hit the mark perfectly, creating some gut busting scenes. It's not just the pranks but the reactions from the victims as well, some of these people's reactions were just priceless and got quite a bit of laughs out of me. I mainly went to see Bad Grandpa because of the pranks but the biggest surprise to me was that the screenplay wasn't that bad when it came to the scripted moments. Some of the things that these actors say are pretty hysterical, like Jackson Nicoll in the first scene, and the relationship between the grandpa and grandson was actually pretty nice. Johnny Knoxville is just fantastic as Irving, a perverted grandpa, because he get's so into character and he isn't afraid to go to the extreme. Also the makeup work on him is just incredible because he is barley recognizable. Jackson Nicoll is equally as good as Knoxville because like Knoxville he get's into character and is not afraid to do some crazy stuff. Knoxville and Nicoll have great chemistry with each other and is actually some of the best of the year. Bad Grandpa may not be a great movie but it's a damn entertaining one, I walked out the theater with both my throat and stomach hurting from laughing to hard. If you enjoy the Jackass movies or Borat or Bruno than you will love Bad Grandpa. I highly recommend watching this movie with a big group of friends or in theaters because it just makes the experience that much better.

Now You See Me
½

Now You See Me is an entertaining film that offers some good acting and cool effects, and that's about it. Now You See Me could've been a great movie but instead it's just mediocre. What stops this movie from being great is the terribly written script that made no sense. The story makes sense while your watching it but once you've finished the movie and you think about it a lot of things don't add up. This movie tries to shock the audience with twists and turns but I found everything to be way too predictable, especially the "big twist" which is rather disappointing. In this movie Morgan Freeman's character says something like, "You'll always be two steps behind", the fact that I was ten steps ahead of this movie is just embarrassing for the screenwriters. Also I wish that there was more focus on the characters, the characters were cool but you don't see any development or know anything about them. It sounds like I hated this movie but for the most part I was entertained by it. There were actually some pretty cool moments in this movie like the first robbery and a very well done fight/chase sequence between Mark Ruffalo's character and Dave Franco's character. The effects for this movie are really good and looked really cool on screen. Louis Leterrier directed this movie and he did a fine job directing this movie, without him I think this movie would have fallen apart and it wouldn't be as entertaining as it was. There are too many actors too talk about so instead of talking about each actor individually I will just say that everyone did a good job, no one is at their best but they got the job done. I found Now You See Me to be an entertaining two hours that unfortunately lacked a lot, this would be a decent movie to catch on TV whenever it's on in the near future. Oh, one more thing before I stop talking about this movie, Isla Fisher is so hot in this movie. That is all.

Escape Plan
Escape Plan(2013)

Escape Plan's main attraction is that this is the first time that Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are in a movie together as the main two stars. Both were in The Expendables movies but they weren't co-starring each other. All I wanted out of Escape Plan is a fun action movie and that is exactly what I got. Yeah it would have been awesome to see Sly and Arnie in a movie together when they were in their prime but it was still awesome to see them in Escape Plan. Both Stallone and Schwarzenegger are terrific in this movie, seeing them on screen was good enough but it helped that both actors had great chemistry together. Seeing Stallone and Schwarzenegger fight beside each other and saying some cool one-liners was just awesome. Other than the two main stars the acting is just decent; the only two actors that I had a problem with is Jim Caviezel as the film's villain and Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson who should just give up on acting. Director Mikael Hafstrom does a fine job at directing this film and brings a good amount of energy to the film. He also does a very good job at filming the action sequences which are well done and are very entertaining. Despite some bad dialogue and too many characters the script wasn't that bad because I enjoyed the story and some of the one-liners. Escape Plan should've came out in the 80s or the 90s but instead it came out in 2013, which isn't that bad. I had a lot of fun with Escape Plan and would recommend seeing it in theaters to any one who is a fan of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, other than that it's a good rental.

Jaws
Jaws(1975)

What is there to say about Jaws that hasn't been said already? Jaws is just one of Steven Spielberg's many masterpieces and is the main reason why people are still afraid to swim in the ocean. Spielberg does a fantastic job at creating some intense and suspenseful scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. Adding to that intensity is John Williams brilliant score, without his score most of these scenes wouldn't have been as suspenseful. Williams's score is also one of the best in film history. Like I said in my review for The Exorcist you would expect some dated effects, but the effects for Jaws hold up entirely because they are so incredible. Jaws's screenplay is quite riveting because of it's engaging story, well written dialogue, and cool characters that the audience can actually care about. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss all give wonderful performances as the main heroes of this extraordinary blockbuster along with an amazing supporting cast. Jaws isn't just one of the best blockbusters ever made, but one of the best movies ever made. If you have not had the opportunity to see Jaws yet than get on it immediately because it is one of those movies that you must see before you die.

The Exorcist
The Exorcist(1973)

Although I found The Exorcist to be a little dull and boring at times I still thought that it was a very good horror film with plenty to enjoy. Director William Friedkin does a great job at creating this creepy vibe throughout the whole film and at capturing some of the most disturbing sequences ever put on camera, making this a memorable directorial effort. For movies like this you would expect some dated effects but the effects in this movie are absolutely horrifying and still hold up today. The performances from the cast are all very good and there is not one performance that I thought was bad. Steve Boeddeker's classic musical score for this movie is just brilliant and fit the film perfectly. My only complaint about this movie is that I thought the story was very slow at some points, mainly the first 45 minutes and some scenes throughout the second half, and it was just hard to get into. Other than that the screenplay was very good with some well written scenes and some interesting characters. Even though I don't think The Exorcist is a classic or a masterpiece I still think that it is a well made horror film that should be viewed by all.

Machete Kills

Robert Rodriguez's follow-up to his fake trailer turned movie, Machete Kills, is a very poorly made movie, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a fun and entertaining time.

In Machete Kills, Machete (Danny Trejo) must save the day by defeating the bad guys and while doing this he also get's the babes. Just in case you were wondering I purposely made the plot summary bad because it fits the film perfectly.

One thing I love about Machete Kills is Robert Rodriguez's directing. I love Rodriguez as a director because he doesn't care about anyone else and just goes ahead and makes the films he wants to make and has fun doing it. His passion for grindhouse and B movies runs deep in this movie because he tries to recreate that genre in a way when he makes movies like this one. Rodriguez knows exactly what he's doing and I respect him for that because I honestly think it'd be harder to make a bad movie than it would be to make a good movie.

Just like it's predecessor, Machete Kills offers some crazy action sequences that are even more over the top than the original. I was just so entertained watching the action sequences because it felt as if I were watching a cartoon, but on this cartoon I was watching a Mexican bad-ass killing people in creative ways. Each sequence was well filmed and the effects to go with these action sequences were pretty bad, which I liked because it fit the film.

Kyle Ward is the film's writer and his screenplay was just horrible, but once again that's the point. The story is a bit over complicated and there is a little bit too much story but it works because it took me on a fun adventure that helped take me out of reality for 100 minutes I was in the theater. In a way the story is kind of like an over the top, R rated James Bond movie. For the most part the dialogue is pretty awful but there are some good lines. As far as the characters go they are actually pretty cool and unique.

Once again Danny Trejo just becomes a complete bad-ass as Machete. Trejo just becomes his character and kicks even more ass this time around, which impresses me since Trejo is almost 70.

You also have Charlie Sh-, I mean Carlos Estevez playing The President which is pretty awesome. Mel Gibson plays the villain and he does a great job at playing a crazy, entertaining villain.

The women in this movie are just incredible, not incredible performances but incredible to look at. I mean you got Amber Heard, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Alexa Vega, and Vanessa Hudgens all in one movie and all of them look gorgeous. God, it must be great to be Danny Trejo on set. Oh, you also got Lady Gaga doing whatever Lady Gaga does.

The rest of the supporting cast gives some fine performances which includes Demian Bichir, Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Antonio Banderas.

In the end I found Machete Kills to be an extremely entertaining action film from Robert Rodriguez.

If you enjoy B movies or Rodriguez's work or style than I highly suggest you go out and see this one. If you can't stand bad writing or just bad movies in general than stay far away from this film.

From Dusk Till Dawn

A Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez collaboration can only lead to one thing; awesomeness.

From Dusk Till Dawn is about the Gecko brothers, Seth (George Clooney) and Richard (Quentin Tarantino), who are two criminals who rob banks and kill people. To become free they must past the Mexican border, and by doing that they kidnap a former preacher named Jacob (Harvey Keitel) and his two kids. Once they pass the border they all run into an unexpected problem that could end up killing all of them.

Tarantino and Rodriguez collaborate to make an awesome action thriller that flips a certain genre on it's head (I won't spoil which one even though it's widely known). The film doesn't take itself seriously but that's what Tarantino and Rodriguez were going for, and because of that the film entertained me for the whole runtime.

As always Tarantino's writing is nothing but brilliant. The story is just awesome that takes some unexpected twists and turns and is a story that just let's you have fun throughout the entire movie. Tarantino's dialogue is just as quick and sharp as his other films and features some memorable quotes. Also the characters in this film are so cool and some of Tarantino's best.

I found Rodriguez's directing to be very energetic because of how fast the film flew by and because of how fun the film was. Rodriguez knows what type of movie this is and because he knows he just let's go of everything and has fun with making it. Rodriguez also edited the movie and his editing was great because the film was paced perfectly.

The action is this movie is nothing but bloody fun and entertaining. Each action sequence brought something new and was all well choreographed. The action sequences also include some good effects that sometimes I found to be terrifying.

Both George Clooney and Harvey Keitel show that the can become bad-asses and give some excellent performances while Quentin Tarantino shows that he can become a complete bastard. Surprisingly I thought Tarantino's performance was actually pretty good, but then again I'm a major Tarantino fanboy.

The supporting cast includes Juliette Lewis, Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, Danny Trejo, and a gorgeous Salma Hayek. Unlike Tarantino I do not have a foot fetish but I would not mind Salma Hayek putting her foot in my mouth while being half naked.

In the end I found From Dusk Till Dawn to be a awesome collaboration from Tarantino and Rodriguez that entertained me throughout the entire runtime.

If you are a fan of B movies, old grindhouse films, or just Tarantino or Rodriguez in general than my best guess is that you will love this movie. If you are not a fan of any of those than skip it.

Captain Phillips
½

Captain Phillips is the latest film from director Paul Greengrass and tells the real life story of the Maersk Alabama hijacking that took place in 2009. For those of you who may not know, the Maersk Alabama hijacking is when Somali pirates took over the ship and ended up taking Captain Richard Phillips hostage. Now I was really looking forward to Captain Phillips because I thought it looked like a really good movie from the trailers I saw and because I really like Greengrass as a director. I went in expecting to get a really good film and what I got was a fantastic thriller that kept me at the edge of my seat for nearly the whole movie. Captain Phillips is a well made film all across the board from the writing, to the directing, to the acting. The film's script is written by Billy Ray and I thought Ray's writing was very good. Ray does a very good job at making this real life event into a strong story that keeps the audience invested for the 134 minute run time. Another thing that Ray did a good job at was making the characters feel real and that is quite important since they are real. Not only does Ray show the views of Phillips, he also gives the audience a look into what was going on in the minds of the pirates. I really enjoyed how Ray showed us what the pirates were all about and why they did the things they did, he shows us that they are not just the villains but human beings. I will say that the story goes on for a tad bit longer than it should have but in the end that didn't really bother me because I was fully invested into this movie. One of the best things about Captain Phillips is Paul Greengrass's phenomenal directing. Greengrass is a master when it comes to creating suspense and one method he uses to create suspense is using Shaky-Cam. Greengrass is one of those few directors who actually uses Shaky-Cam as an art form because when he does it, it actually adds to the suspense, also it kind of made me feel as if I were watching a documentary which was impactful. Although we are not finished with the year yet I would like to see Greengrass get nominated for an Oscar for his work in this movie because it is just great. Speaking of Oscars you can already count on Tom Hanks being nominated, if he didn't that would surprise me but like I said earlier we are not yet through the year. Tom Hanks is just brilliant as Captain Richard Phillips, he gives such a strong and emotional performance. I mean just watch the final 15 minutes of this movie and you will understand. Another impressive performance in this movie is from Barkhad Abdi. Abdi just gives a really strong, menacing performance as the main pirate, Muse, while also giving the character some humanity. Personally I would love to see Abdi get nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, and if he did that would be really impressive considering the fact that he had never acted before this film. In the end Captain Phillips is a riveting thriller that I would recommend to anyone, please see it when it comes out this weekend!

Gravity
Gravity(2013)

About two months ago I saw Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men for the first time and I thought it was incredible and I believe that it is one of the best films of the last decade. Everything about Children of Men is just brilliant in my eyes, especially Cuaron's masterful directing. Cuaron also directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment of the Harry Potter series and is one of best films of the entire series in my opinion. With seeing those two films I got very excited to see Gravity because of Cuaron, the man just has so much talent as a director. I was also excited to see Gravity because it starred two of my favorite actors, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. After waiting for a few months Gravity is finally here and I can happily say that Cuaron hit big again because Gravity is nothing short from astonishing. Gravity just blew my mind on every level and I will start off by talking about the script. Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron wrote this movie's script and I thought that they did a spectacular job. A lot of movie's these days are over-written which creates some messy stories and the great thing about Gravity is that the story is simple. I loved that the story for Gravity was straight forward because it just focused on taking the audience on one crazy ride while also focusing on the characters and fleshing them out (specifically Bullock's character). I thought that the characters for this movie were well written because you got to know enough about them for you to care about them; Bullock's character was a little bit more fleshed out than Clooney's is but it worked for the story. Another thing that I admired about the writing was that the Cuaron's did a very good job at doing research and at incorporating that information into the film because it was all very accurate. Overall I just thought that the storytelling for this film was just incredible. Speaking of incredible, how bout Alfonso Cuaron's directing? Cuaron is just a phenomenal director; at this point he is now one of the best filmmakers today and has made his mark on the film community. One thing that Cuaron did an outstanding job at was creating suspenseful and thrilling sequences, this movie is one 90 minute rollercoaster ride that did not let go, and I mean by the time I walked out of the theater my body felt numb because of how suspenseful this movie was. By creating these suspenseful sequences Cuaron makes you feel as if you were in space with these characters, which is a rather unsettling feeling. One thing that I loved about Children of Men is Cuaron's style of setting up shots and that style shows up in Gravity. Cuaron sets up these amazing P.O.V. shots and also does these marvelous takes that go unedited for at least 10-15 minutes and that just blew me away. Just like one of my favorite films that came out earlier this year, Prisoners, Cuaron does a great job at using the score at certain moments and limits its use. By the way I thought that the score by Steven Price was just beautiful and is one of the best scores I have heard all year. The visual effects for this movie are just groundbreaking, even more so than Avatar in my opinion. The detail to all these effects is just spectacular and mind blowing because of how real they look. Right from the opening shot you will know that the effects for this movie are some of the best effects ever put on screen, they are just absolutely breathtaking. Gravity is without a doubt going to win Best Visual Effects at the Oscars next year, no doubt what so ever. To go along with the visual effects you also got the fascinating sound effects and sound design which sounded so real. Well, it's finally time to talk about Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Sandra Bullock gives a magnificent performance in this movie because she is so believable as this scarred medical engineer who has never been in space prior to this. You really get to feel for Bullock's character because of the things you learn about her and because of the performance itself. Honestly I think Bullock is Oscar worthy for this movie, I don't know if she'll win but I hope that she at least gets a nod. George Clooney is also great in this movie and adds a lot of charm and likeability to his character. In the end Gravity is a groundbreaking film that is wonderfully done on every level and is a visual achievement in filmmaking history, I implore you to rush out and see this one the biggest screen you can find in 3D because it is worth every cent.

Don Jon
Don Jon(2013)
½

Don Jon features the writing and directorial debut of one of my favorite actors working today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars in the film. I was really interested to see Don Jon because I wanted to see what JGL could do as a writer/director and the story alone had me curious. After seeing Don Jon I can happily say that JGL has proved to be a fantastic writer and a fantastic director because Don Jon is fantastic. I'll start off by taking about JGL's script which I thought was excellent. Don Jon's story is like nothing I've seen before in a comedy or drama, not only is the story very entertaining but it's also very honest and truthful. The film's story provides some very good humor that had me cracking up throughout the movie but it also goes over how guys and girls view relationships and helps create some very good drama. I also thought that the story was very unique and it had me invested throughout the entire run time. JGL also did a very good job at writing the dialogue because it felt so real, it felt like real people talking and none of it felt fake. JGL did a magnificent job at directing the film because you could tell that he was really passionate about this movie. I found JGL's directing style for this movie to be very cool and energetic which made me happy because that's what I was hoping for. The shots and music JGL chose for this movie were all very interesting and it was all put together perfectly due to the brilliant editing. As far as the acting goes it's all very good and features some very good performances from the three leads. JGL adds yet another great performance to his already amazing career as Jon, a man addicted to pornography. He just becomes this character and feels like a real person because of his flaws and needs. Scarlett Johansson gives one of best performances I've seen her give in the last few years because, once again, she feels like a real person because her character is a girl who watches a lot of cheesy romance movies and expects relationships to be like that, I mean we've all met someone like that. Even though I have a few minor problems with her character I still thought that Julianne Moore did a good job in this movie. In the end I found Don Jon to be a very entertaining film that offers the many talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is a film that I would highly recommend seeing.

Rush
Rush(2013)
½

Rush is the latest film by Ron Howard and tells the real life story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two Formula One racing rivals. Even though I am not a Formula One fan whatsoever I was still interested in seeing Rush because of the talent on and off the camera. After seeing Rush I can happily say that it is a very well made movie that has a solid script, great direction, and two very strong performances. Peter Morgan is the film's writer and I thought he did a fine job. One thing that I loved about the story was that it was a character driven story, in this film you get to see how intense this rivalry was between these two racers and how far each of them would go to beat the other. In this movie you get to see how each character lived and what they were all about and I found each character to be fascinating. Morgan also did a very good job at getting me interested into something that I normally wouldn't be interested in, I have never been interested in Formula One but Morgan got me interested. I will say that there were a few moments in the story that felt a little Hollywoodized but other than that I thought the script was good. Ron Howard's directing in this movie was just fantastic. Howard just made this movie so energetic and alive, to me there was not one dull moment. Howard also does a magnificent job at filming the Formula One sequences and capturing the look and feel of the 70s, everything in this movie looks authentic. The best thing about this movie is definitely the performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, if this movie did not benefit from these two fantastic performances than it wouldn't be as good as it is. Chris Hemsworth gives one of the best performances of his career in Rush, he's great as Thor and in other films like The Cabin in the Woods but in Rush he just gives a strong and very realistic performance as James Hunt. Daniel Bruhl gives a phenomenal performance in this movie as Niki Lauda, before Rush I didn't know much about him but he proved to be an amazing actor in Rush. Like Hemsworth, Bruhl gives a very strong and realistic performance. Another thing worth mentioning about this movie is the music by Hans Zimmer which was very good and suited the film perfectly. In the end I found Rush to be a great character piece and an overall well made film, definitely see this film when you have a chance!

The Iceman
The Iceman(2013)
½

The Iceman is a poorly made film about Richard Kuklinski, a former hit man for the mob who is believed to have killed over 100 people. Before seeing The Iceman I knew nothing about Richard Kuklinski and after seeing it I didn't like it, after doing a little bit of research on Kuklinski I now like the movie even less. Morgan Land and Ariel Vromen are the two screenwriters for this movie and their screenplay was just terrible in my opinion. One thing that really irritated me was the fact that it didn't seem like they even did research on Kuklinski because most of information they give us is either false or something they made up, very little of this film is actually true. If I still found the movie interesting or entertaining then I could look past the facts, but this movie didn't even interest me, as a matter of fact I actually found this movie to be pretty boring and dull. The writers for this movie also made the characters one-dimensional, the characters never change and you never feel for them. Ariel Vromen is also the film's director and his direction just felt so lifeless, the direction for this film just felt standard and was nothing special. The only benefit this film has is the performances from Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, and Ray Liotta. Michael Shannon has proved to be a great actor over the last couple of years and he gives a good performance in this movie as a ruthless killer even though he isn't given much. Chris Evans also gives a fine performance, it's good to see him in a more serious role than Captain America. Ray Liotta is also good even though it's just the same role that he usually plays now a days. Oh and James Franco is in this movie for a total of five minutes. In the end The Iceman is a disappointing effort at making a film about Kuklinski and is a film I would recommend skipping.

Prisoners
Prisoners(2013)

Hundreds of movies are released every year; some are bad, some are decent, some are great; but, only a few are excellent and on rare occasions certain movies could be considered masterpieces by some. So far 2013 has been a pretty good year for movies with films like The Spectacular Now, The Way, Way Back, Mud, Fruitvale Station, and Only God Forgives being released. All of those movies may be fantastic (in my opinion) but none of them fall into that masterpiece category I was speaking of, only one film has done that earlier this year and that film is Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines. I absolutely love that movie and after seeing it I thought no other film could be nearly as good as it, as always I was dead wrong. Prisoners was a film that I was really looking forward too because it had a great cast, an interesting trailer, and it got rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival. Going into Prisoners I was hoping to get a great mystery/thriller, what I ended up getting was a truly amazing film that was brilliantly done on every level and a film that I would even consider to be a masterpiece, I would even put it up there with films like Se7en when it comes to the police mystery/thriller genre. Now that you know my opinion on Prisoners allow me to go in depth on why I think this is such an amazing movie.

One of the reasons why Prisoners is a truly brilliant film is because of the excellent script by Aaron Guzikowski. The script for this movie is just masterfully written, everything just worked out perfectly. A story about two little girls gone missing could have gone either way, but, it ended up going in the right way and was done so well. I was so impressed with the film's story because it maintained my interest for the whole two and a half hour running time even though the content was so intense and depressing. This film also kept me guessing through the entire movie and by the time the big twist came I was actually shocked at how good it was. Usually movies like this come up with cheap twists with poor backing but the twist to this movie was just great in my opinion and the reasoning for it worked so well. People may have issues with the ending of the film's story but I thought it was very good and thought it was the perfect way to end it. Overall I just thought that the story flowed perfectly and that everything fit in perfectly. Another thing that the Guzikowski does very well is pulling you into this world that feels very real and makes you feel for the characters. This is not a light movie at all, the content is very dark and depressing and you as an audience member get that feeling and end up feeling for the characters even though some of them make some questionable decisions. Speaking of the characters I thought all the characters were incredibly written because they are all so different from each other, it was really interesting to see how each character dealt with this abduction and it was also interesting to try and figure out the mysteries behind other characters. Every character felt real and I thought that was pretty damn impressive. Another thing to talk about is the dialogue which was great and felt so real, it felt as if people would say these things in real life and none of it sounded scripted, I guess that's also giving credit to the actors. Guzikowski's writing for Prisoners really impressed, and that's saying a lot due to the fact that his last script was for Contraband.

Before seeing Prisoners I had no idea who Denis Villeneuve, the director of the film, was. I had looked at what movies he had directed before and I had never heard of any of those either, so I was rather curious to see what he could do with this movie. After seeing Prisoners I now know to look out for Villeneuve because he is so talented. Villeneuve just does an outstanding job at directing this film, one thing he did so well with this movie was making the movie as suspenseful and thrilling as he possible could and he does that for the entire movie. From the moment the two girls get kidnapped to the end of the movie you are just in suspense and I loved how he maintained that for the entire film. One thing that added suspense was the decision not to use a score for most of the movie. I just loved how quiet and settle this movie could be and that added to the suspense, the score was there sometimes and when it was used it was there at the right time. Villeneuve also had a great vision for this movie, his camera angles and shots he came up with were just fantastic and they went perfectly with Roger Deakins's beautiful cinematography. Villeneuve is a director who proved that he could become something great with Prisoners so definitely look out for him in the future!

This movie might not get nominated for much at the Oscars (even though I hope it does) but if it gets nominated for anything it'll definitely be for Best Actor for either of the two leads. Hugh Jackman is a phenomenal actor who has been a part of some incredible films but this may be his best performance yet. He was nominated this year for Best Actor for his performance in Les Miserables and he may get nominated for his work in this movie, well this movie or Movie 43 *wink wink*. Jackman just gives an intense performance as this father who is desperate to find his missing daughter and it is so believable, I was just blown away by his performance in this movie. Jake Gyllenhaal also deserves an Oscar nod because he is incredible in this movie and gives one of the best performances of his career. He just becomes this cop who will not give up on this case no matter what, you can tell that he spent a lot of time trying to perfect his character and it pays off because he was phenomenal. This film also has a strong supporting cast; Paul Dano is a great and just becomes this very creepy man, Terrence Howard is terrific as the other father who is basically the opposite of Jackman's character, Maria Bello is very good as a worried mother who just shuts herself down, and Viola Davis is also very good as a worried mother who handles the situation a bit different from Bello's character. You also have some great performances from Melissa Leo and David Dastmalchian as well. If you're looking for a film that has amazing acting, than you should definitely check Prisoners out.

Prisoners may not be loved by all, but is a film that I loved and a film that blew my mind. It has been four days since I have seen it and I have still been thinking about how brilliant it was. I thought Prisoners was done perfectly on every level and do not have one complaint; the writing was fantastic, the directing was amazing, and the acting was phenomenal. Prisoners may be a heavy film but I still implore you to see it if you have not already, this is a film that really impressed me and is a film that everyone should see whether it's in theaters or at home. If you decide not to see this movie I guess I will just have to abduct you and force you to watch it, make it easy on yourself so it doesn't have to come to that.

Disconnect
Disconnect(2013)
½

Although it may not be the great film it could've been, Disconnect is still a solid film that has a few things that are worth admiring. There is no denying that this generation spends most of it's time on the internet and Disconnect shows us all of the dangers of using the internet and the consequences. One thing that I loved about this film's script, which was written by Andrew Stern, was the underlying message of how the internet is a dangerous place. The internet is a great place but this film shows the audience that if your not careful on the internet you could face some pretty horrible situations. After seeing this movie I thought a lot on how I used the internet and how I will be more careful for now on even though I already knew of all the dangers. As for the rest of the script it's just decent in my opinion. I found the stories, or should I say stories since there's three different story lines, a little inconsistent which is a shame because there are some great moments in this movie. I mean some moments I was just amazed at how real some scenes felt and others just felt rushed. Disconnect is also one of those movies were one storyline is more interesting than the others; the storyline I thought was the best was the one involving Jason Bateman's character which could have worked as a feature film and would probably be a better film. As for the other two they were just O.K. in my opinion, they were a little weak in some areas and could have been handled a bit better. Henry Alex Rubin is the film's director and he just did a fantastic job at directing this film. Rubin did some very cool things like showing the messages on screen and just did something that blew my mind towards the end of the film that I wont spoil. Rubin's style worked perfectly with Ken Seng's cinematography which made everything look incredible. Lee Percy and Kevin Tent's editing is also worth mentioning because the editing in this film is pretty impressive. Everyone in the cast gives a solid performance but Jason Bateman is definitely the standout here. Before Disconnect all I've seen is Jason Bateman the comedian and now that I've seen this I can say that he is more than just a comedic actor, his performance is so strong in this film as a worried father. The rest of the actors in this film are all good as well which includes Andrea Riseborough, Max Thieriot, Peter Skarsgard, and Paula Patton. In the end Disconnect is a good film that has a great message, some fantastic directing, some very good acting, and a solid script that could've been better. I would say check this one out on Netflix, ITunes, or your local movie store.

Riddick
Riddick(2013)

After the disappointing The Chronicles of Riddick, director David Twohy and actor/producer Vin Diesel team up for a third time to bring us Riddick. Twohy and Diesel teamed up in 2000 when they were making the film Pitch Black, the film that started this series and I film that I enjoy quite a bit. Pitch Black was also the start of Vin Diesel's career as an action star. Four years later the two teamed again to bring us the sequel titled The Chronicles of Riddick, a film that both fans and critics alike found to be disappointing. Now it's been nine years since Riddick has been on the big screen and I was worried that Riddick would be another disappointing sequel, luckily it isn't. Is Riddick a great movie? No, far from it. But I still found Riddick to be a fun time and thought that it revived this series. Let me start out by talking about the film's script which was written by Twohy himself. The script for this film is a mixed bag, you got some really good things going for it but also has quite a bit of bad things as well. Let's start by talking about the positive of the writing. To me the best thing about the writing is that Twohy takes this film back to the basics with the story, it's just Riddick and few others surviving against an army of creatures. If you read my review of The Chronicles of Riddick than you know that I thought that there was too much story so I am really glad that the story in this one is simpler and pays homage to Pitch Black. Another good thing about the writing is that the script offers some strong characters like Riddick, Dahl, and Johns who all have some good lines in the film; a bad thing is that the film also has a lot of useless side characters that are given terrible dialogue. I mean there is some terrible dialogue in this film like "Unicorn's Ass" and it just doesn't fit in this film. Some of the characters would have been better off if the weren't in the film at all but it wasn't all bad since there were some great kills. Speaking of kills let me say that I am so happy the Twohy went back to the R rating. The R rating is used to best of it's ability in this film with some awesome, blood kills, especially one that wont forget involving a box. Twohy's direction was fine, he did a good job at directing the actors and action sequences. Like I said earlier the R rating is used well because the action in this film is nothing but pure bloody entertainment. As far as the special effects go they aren't incredible but they work for the film's budget. Now it's time to talk about the star of this franchise, Vin Diesel. Diesel just owns this role because he is so bad-ass and committed. What I love about him in these movies is that you can tell that he cares about this franchise and his character and that he is determined to help make the best movie he can. Diesel isn't the only one giving great performances in this film, you also got some very good performances from Matt Nable and Katee Sackhoff. Both actors play these strong bounty hunters that are pretty bad-ass. The rest of the cast is just either fine or terrible. Oh hey, you also got Karl Urban in the film for a total of 30 seconds. In the end I would recommend Riddick to anyone who enjoyed any of the previous films in the franchise, if you don't enjoy either of the previous films than skip it.

The Spectacular Now
½

Very rarely do we get an authentic look at high school and all of it's drama in the film universe, sure we get it every once in a while like last years The Perks of Being a Wallflower but it doesn't happen that often. Same with romance movies, most filmmakers and studios make the most clichéd romance and high school dramas that are always over-dramatic. Like I said we very rarely get one that feels real and just like last year we got that one that feels real with The Spectacular Now. The Spectacular Now is a truly spectacular film that feels authentic due to the film's incredible writing, directing, and acting. Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote this film and they just did a masterful job. The writing for this film was just incredible because it captures that high school feeling and shows the reality of relationships. I can't say this enough but the story just felt so real, you see this journey of this relationship and how it has these ups and downs and it is just remarkable. The writers also did a fantastic job at making all the characters relatable, every character felt like someone I know or people I know that exist and some even reminded me a bit of myself. This film offers a decent amount of humor that worked but also features quite a few dramatic and intense scenes that felt, once again, real. Director James Ponsoldt does an incredible job a directing this film because he just adds so much for the film. He always knows where to put the camera, there are so many shots of actors just exchanging dialogue and it is marvelous. He also adds some intensity to those dramatic scenes, especially one scene involving an argument in a car. Another thing that is a quite amazing in this film is the acting, especially the acting from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Both actors look, feel, and act like real high school students and it is just astonishing. These two actors have such fascinating chemistry and both give spectacular performances. The supporting cast is also incredible which includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, and Bob Odenkirk (AKA Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad). In the end The Spectacular Now is a spectacular coming of age film that shows an authentic look at high school relationships and is one of the best films of the year, definitely see this one!

The Chronicles of Riddick

The Chronicles of Riddick is a disappointing attempt at making a sequel to 2000's cult classic Pitch Black. I really enjoyed Pitch Black, I thought it was a fun Sci-Fi thriller with a good premise and I thought it would be cool to see more of the character Riddick; unfortunately I found the sequel to be a mess. The Chronicles of Riddick does have some good things to it but it also has quite a few bad things to it that just anchored down the film for me. My biggest problem I had with the film was the film's script that was written by David Twohy, who also directed the film. One thing I loved about Pitch Black was that the story was simple, in The Chronicles of Riddick Twohy tries to hard at expanding the universe that the audience is in and ends up creating a very dull story. I did like some aspects of the story but in the end there was just way to much packed into this movie and most of it I found to be very boring. The best part of the story is following Riddick, his story is the most interesting unlike the other stories about the useless side characters, which I thought were too many. Twohy's direction wasn't the greatest, he did help create some cool action sequences but he did an awful job at pacing the film. Some scenes would be very fast and exciting and then the next scene would be very lifeless. The effects in this movie are just decent, even back in 2004 they wouldn't have been the greatest. Without a doubt the best part about this movie is Vin Diesel, once again he steals the show and just becomes this bad-ass character that has a few good one-liners. The only two actors that I thought were worth mentioning in the supporting cast are Karl Urban and Judi Dench, they were both fine even though I thought there characters were pointless. Other than those three actors I thought the acting was pretty atrocious. In the end The Chronicles of Riddick is a messy sequel that I would not recommend, some may enjoy this film but it just wasn't for me.

Additional Note: Why the f**k was this rated PG-13?!

Pitch Black
Pitch Black(2000)

Pitch Black is a film that is riddled with Sci-Fi/horror clichés and it may not be the greatest Sci-Fi film out there, but, that doesn't stop it from being a very enjoyable film that is for the most part original. If you plan on seeing this movie than go into it expecting a fun time with some decent writing, great direction, some good effects, and some fantastic performances. The writing here isn't the greatest but it manages to tell an interesting story and gives us a very memorable character. Pitch Black's story had it's issues but for the most part I found it to be very interesting and took me on a fun ride. The story given is a mix between Sci-Fi, horror, and thriller and it is all handled well by the film's writers and the film's director, David Twohy. I just found the whole concept of the film to be intriguing and I was extremely happy when I saw that the writers and the director handled it the right way. In this film you are also given one of the most bad-ass characters out there, Richard B. Riddick. Riddick is just a fantastic character, he is a total bad-ass that kicks so much ass and can even see in the dark. All of Riddick's dialogue is just magnificent and suites the character perfectly. As for the rest of the characters they're fine, all of them are as formulaic as it gets but I still found them to be interesting, only one of them got on my nerves. David Twohy handled this film in the right way and added a very unique style to this film. He helped create some intense sequences and some awesome action sequences along with adding a unique look to the film with the lighting. For the early 2000s the effects were decent and they managed for the film. For the most part the acting is very good, especially from one Vin Diesel. Pitch Black was the film that launched Vin Diesel as an action star, this was before The Fast and The Furious franchise. Vin Diesel is fantastic in this role because he makes the character of Riddick come to life, he is such a bad-ass in this movie with so many one-liners. The supporting cast is fairly decent which includes Cole Hauser and Radha Mitchel. In the end Pitch Black is a fun Sci-Fi thriller that I would recommending checking out if you have not already and make sure you watch it in the dark.

The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep is a disappointing film that I found to be very dull and boring. I was actually looking forward to The Company You Keep because I thought it had an excellent cast, unfortunately the cast is the only thing that I found to be tolerable in this film. I found the screenplay by Lem Dobbs to be poorly written and lackluster. This film's story could've been something but instead I fount it to be one giant mess. For starters I just didn't care about what was going on screen, after the first 10 minutes I just stopped caring because I found the story to be lifeless. To me the story was also very predictable. Also you care about none of these characters, there are suppose to be some suspenseful scenes but there not suspenseful because you do not care about these characters. Some people may have different opinions on the film's script but I just found it to be very boring and had me checking the time every five minutes. The directing isn't that much better than the script which is disappointing. Director Robert Redford tries to make this movie into something it isn't and why that doesn't work is because, once again, the script. He tries to make this a smart thriller with some suspense but it just did not work in my opinion. As I said earlier the acting is the only thing that somewhat worked even though there are a few weak links. All the veteran actors in this movie give fine performances, the only performances that felt like actors acting were by the film's younger cast members Shia LaBeouf and Anna Kendrick even though I think they are both good actors. In the end The Company You Keep is a boring film that only offers a few good performances, but, that is not enough for me to recommend this film. Skip it.

Good Will Hunting
½

Good Will Hunting is an excellent film that is filled with brilliant writing, great direction, and superb acting. Good Will Hunting won two Oscars when it came out and one of those was for Best Original Screenplay and it certainly deserved it. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are two incredible actors but they also deserve to be recognized as two incredible writers because their script for Good Will Hunting is just fascinating. Good Will Hunting's story felt fresh and I loved that about this movie, nowadays you rarely get movies like Good Will Hunting, movies with a well thought our story and characters that you actually care about. I thought that Damon and Affleck did a great job at balancing out the tone of the film because there is a mix of drama and comedy, mainly drama but there is sill a good amount of humor. Another thing I love about this movie is that it has heart, you actually care about what is happening on screen and about the characters in the film. The dialogue in this film is just brilliantly written because it feels so real; when you hear these four friends speak it feels real, when two or more characters are having this deep and dramatic conversation it feels real. Everything in this script is just amazing in my eyes; the story is great, the drama is hard-hitting, the humor works, the dialogue is brilliant, and the characters were well thought out. The only complaint I have is very minor and that is a little pacing issue at some point of the film, which could be the directors fault, but other than that everything was marvelous. Director Gus Van Sant does an astonishing job directing Damon's and Affleck's script, he does a very good job at setting up the shots and adding some intensity to the heavy scenes along with directing the actors. Cinematographer Jean-Yves Escoffier does a spectacular job at capturing the look of the movie and Danny Elfman's score was pure brilliance and fit the film perfectly. The performances in this movie are just extraordinary, there is not one weak link in this cast. This is the movie that put Matt Damon on the map and he gives one of the best performances of his career in this one. He just becomes this character because he knows the character since he wrote him and his chemistry with all the other actors are flawless. Robin Williams gives a fantastic performance and deserved the win that year for Best Supporting Actor, he gives such a powerful performance and every time he and Damon are on screen it's just magic. The rest of the supporting cast is also great which includes Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgard, Casey Affleck, and Cole Hauser. In the end Good Will Hunting is a terrific film and is filmmaking at it's best, definitely check this one out if you haven't already seen it.

Movie 43
Movie 43(2013)

Never have I been so angry after watching a movie. Pardon my language but I'm going to start this review off by saying this movie is nothing but complete shit. I absolutely hated every second of this movie and the fact that I didn't get up at one point and punch my TV screen surprises me. Seriously, I would rather be beaten and stabbed than watch this film again, yeah that's how much I hated it. Alright, I'm going to take a breath and start talking more in depth about Movie 43. Why this movie was ever made shocks me, I mean the writing and directing is absolutely atrocious. Comedies are suppose to make you laugh right; well this movie didn't make me laugh once, I just sat there in agonizing pain for 90 minutes. This movie is made up of skits and each skit is absolutely dreadful; every skit just goes for something that is so shocking and completely ridiculous but it's not even funny. Listen to me, I love raunchy comedies but this movie is just so disturbing at times and painfully unfunny during the whole entire run time. The thing that makes me so angry is the fact that producers and studios even allowed a film like this to be made. There are people out there who have great ideas for films and are working their asses off to become a filmmaker and are trying to get their films produced, but films like this are still being made. What the fuck it wrong with you Hollywood? This film is just a slap to the face to every filmmaker and to everyone who wants to become a filmmaker. Seeing this film worries me because I want to become a filmmaker and the fact that studios are allowing this shit to be made as one giant cash grab makes me believe that my dreams will never come true. After seeing this film I had one major question; how in the hell did this movie get such a fantastic cast? Well, I did some research on this film and apparently Hugh Jackman owed these guys a favor and joined the movie. After that Jackman got Kate Winslet and then the producers used those two names to get everyone else onboard. They used the star power to get more and more people and this went on for 4 years until they got enough people to do enough skits for a 90 minute movie that would be released in theaters. The fact that all these people were in this movie is just beyond me, I mean all these actors are fantastic actors. At least they learned their lesson because before this movie was released not one actor was promoting it. I think I'm going to stop this little rant before I go off and punch something. In the end Movie 43 is one of the worst films I have seen in my entire life and would not recommend this to one soul. If you are interested in seeing it just skip it, if you end up watching it then you may think about hurting yourself for watching it.

Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass 2(2013)

So far 2013 has been the year of unnecessary sequels; you got Red 2, Grown Ups 2, The Hangover Part III, and A Good Day to Die Hard, personally I'm not a huge fan of any of those films. When I heard there was going to be a sequel for Kick-Ass I was a bit skeptical, I loved the first one so I was worried that it would just be a cheap sequel like all the films I listed off at the beginning. After seeing a trailer I thought it actually pretty good, so I avoided the rest of the trailers that came out for Kick-Ass 2 and went into it with an open mind. Even though Kick-Ass 2 is a flawed film and is nowhere near as good as it's predecessor, I still found it to be very fun movie. Replacing Matthew Vaughn as the film's director/writer is Jeff Wadlow who had previously done Never Back Down, a film that I actually enjoy, and to be honest I thought he did a good job with this film. Wadlow's script it flawed but it still had plenty that I enjoyed, like the film's story. One thing that I loved about this movie is that it didn't do the same thing over again, this is a completely different story and I thought it was done very well. This time around we see that Kick-Ass has inspired more people to become heroes and that a team is assembled, you also get to see the consequences of there being superheroes and I thought that was very cool and well done. Just like the first film this movie also has a good amount of humor to it. Alright, let me talk about some problems I had with the script. First, not all the humor worked in this movie, some of the jokes in this film just felt lazy and silly. Also I thought that the tone of the film was very uneven and that could go for the directing too. Overall the script wasn't the greatest but it got the job done. Wadlow also did a very good job at directing the film, even though his style wasn't as good as Vaughn's style I still thought his style worked. Wadlow actually surprised me and did some interesting stuff at some points and made me like his style even more. All the action sequences in this film are all well filmed and choreographed, they look incredible and are so entertaining. One thing that I loved about the first Kick-Ass is that it had a great score/soundtrack and that returns in this film, the music selected for this film was great and fit the film perfectly. As expected the performances in this movie were very good. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all reprise their roles and are all fantastic again. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is so cool as Kick-Ass, of course Chloe Grace Moretz is awesome as Hit-Girl, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is very good as the film's villain and easily wins the World's Greatest Villain Name (The Motherfucker). I just now noticed that the all three of the leads have three names, strange huh? The biggest addition to this cast is Jim Carrey, he did a fine job and is unrecognizable as Colonel Stars and Stripes but he really didn't have that much screen time which made me upset. The supporting cast members are all good in their roles which includes Morris Chestnut, Clark Duke, Garret M. Brown, and a very menacing Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia. In the end Kick-Ass 2 is another ultra violent, raunchy R rated movie that was an absolute blast to watch. It may have it's flaws but it's still a fun time, if you enjoyed the first go ahead and check this one out because it's worth it!

Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)

After seeing Kick-Ass three times now I can say that I have no issues with the film whatsoever, this is just one awesome experience! Kick-Ass is a wonderful film that is in a way a parody of superhero movies but also a hardcore rated R film with some insanely violent action sequences and raunchy humor. Let me start out by talking about the extremely clever script written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn. For those of you who don't know, Kick-Ass is based of a graphic novel by the same name and was written by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., I have not read the source material yet, even though I want to soon, so I cannot compare that and the script. What I can say is that Goldman's and Vaughn's script was extremely well written in all three categories; those three categories being story, characters, and dialogue. The story itself is just so cool and unique, what makes it even better is that is executed perfectly. I was fully invested into the story and was never bored, a story like this is so rare nowadays because most studios just go for your typical superhero blockbuster but this one strays away from that. I can't say this enough but this story is so unique and awesome, what makes it even better is that is has cool characters that you actually care about. The characters in this movie are just so awesome, all of them are unique in there own way and you actually care about them. Even though this is a dark movie it still has a fair share of well written humor, there were actually quite a few scenes that had me laughing and chuckling. Not only did Vaughn do a great job at writing the film, he also did a brilliant job at directing the film. His style was just perfect for this film, his transitions were incredible, the way he moved the camera was great, and he really did capture the settings that are in this movie. He also did a very good job at filming the action sequences, which were bloody fantastic and extremely well choreographed. One of the best things about this movie is it's incredible cast. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was great as one of our main heroes because you could believe that he was a typical teenager just trying to do what no one else has done, his performance was very good and was very likeable. The standout performance in this movie is without a doubt Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl, she just became this ruthless character and she did such an amazing job, what makes it even more incredible is that she was only eleven while filming this movie. Another thing, how often do you get to see an eleven year old girl killing a bunch of people and cussing like crazy; it adds to the shock value. Nicolas Cage gives one of his best performances in recent years as Big Daddy, Christopher Mintz -Plasse was very good as Red Mist, Mark Strong played a great villain, and Clark Duke and Evan Peters were perfect for their supporting roles. In the end Kick-Ass is not your typical superhero movie and is a movie I would recommend, because this movie truly does "kick ass".

District 9
District 9(2009)

In 2009, Neil Blomkamp made his feature film debut with District 9, a film that I found to be quite stunning after my first viewing. Not only is District 9 visually incredible but it also has a lot of substance; the characters are very believable and the story is also very unique. Blomkamp co-wrote this film along with Terri Tatchell and their script was just fascinating. One of the many things that made District 9 a breath of fresh air was the script. Normally movies that feature aliens usually has some type of war between humans and aliens; but, in this movie we see what would happened if an alien craft broke down over Johannesburg and if we took them hostage and I really loved that. I thought the story was pretty amazing because it was something that hasn't been done before and in my eyes it was done perfectly. One of the reasons why I was so invested to the story was because of how well written the main character, Wikus, was. He had enough background and you got to know who this person was so as the movie goes on you start to care more and more for him because of this situation he is in. I also loved the fact that he changed so much throughout the film and no matter what you still care for him. Even though this is a very serious movie it still has it's spots of humor and I thought some of the stuff in this movie was pretty funny. Blomkamp's direction for this film was just spectacular, his style was unique and he is brilliant when it comes to effects. One thing that makes District 9 interesting is the style of the film, parts of it are made as if it's a documentary and other parts are made as if it's made like a normal movie. Speaking of the style I thought the camera work was great, the documentary feel and sometimes the shakiness added to the intensity in my opinion. I don't need to say this but I will, the special effects and visual effects in this movie are fabulous. Everything looks so incredible from the Prawns, the technology, even the setting that were used. The action sequences for this film are incredibly shot and look fantastic, so entertaining! Last week I saw Blomkamp's latest film Elysium and one thing that impressed me was Sharlto Copley, the dude is a magnificent actor! He is used best when he is with Blomkamp and this movie is no exception, he just captures his character perfectly! In the end District 9 is an incredible film and in my opinion one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made, definitely check this one out!

Mud
Mud(2013)

The first time I watched Mud I enjoyed it quite a bit, upon a second viewing I loved it. Mud is a brilliantly crafted film that shows Jeff Nichols's talents for writing and directing and features terrific performances from every cast member, especially Matthew McConaughey. Definitely check this film out once you get the chance!

Elysium
Elysium(2013)
½

Elysium is writer/director Neil Blomkamp's second feature film, his first being 2009's District 9. I instantly became a fan of Blomkamp after seeing District 9, he made a huge impact on the Sci-Fi genre because he had an interesting directorial style and also had some incredible special/visual effects. He also came up with an interesting and original story that was executed perfectly in my eyes. After seeing District 9 I was interested in seeing what he would do next. Later on I heard he would be doing another Sci-Fi film titled Elysium, I was so happy that Blomkamp was returning to the Sci-Fi genre and this time he was joined by actor Matt Damon. Elysium was one of my most anticipated of 2013 and for the most part it delivered. To me Elysium is one of the best summer blockbusters of the year and also one of the best Sci-Fi films over the last couple of years. I found Elysium to be an original Sci-Fi film that was well executed all around the board. Just like District 9 Blomkamp does an incredible job at telling a story. I found the story to be very interesting because he did a great job at creating this world and put the audience right in the middle of it. On Earth you see how dark and gritty it is down there with cops that are robots and on Elysium you see how pretty it is up there and all the cool technology that you could believe being there in the future. He also showed the audience how the rich people on Elysium acted towards the poor on Earth and I thought it was great. Even though most of the supporting characters aren't handled that well I still thought Blomkamp did a fascinating job at writing the main character Max. He gave Max a very well written backstory and made you care for his character, some of that is because of Damon's performance but you also have to give the writing some credit. Yet again Blomkamp's amazes us with his incredible visual style, everything in this movie looks absolutely incredible and you just buy it. The robots, the gadgets, and Elysium itself all look magnificent. Speaking of magnificent how bout the those action sequences? Each action sequence in this film was shot and executed perfectly, I found them to be intense and very enjoyable. As I mentioned before Damon's performance in this movie is great, I really enjoy him as an action hero because he has a likeability about him and makes you care for his character. Another great performance in this movie is from Sharlto Copley, he was incredible as the film's villain because he was so raw and menacing, definitely one of the best villains of the year. Jodie Foster's performance was weaker than Damon's and Copley's but I blame the script for that, she really didn't have anything to work with. The rest of the cast is fine but definitely watch out for Damon's and Copley's performances. In the end I found Elysium to be an awesome time and one of the best Sci-Fi films in recent memory, definitely check this one out!

42
42(2013)

42 is a decent film about baseball player Jackie Robinson but it in the end it's just a sports film that we have seen many times before. I enjoy baseball and I enjoy sports movies so I was actually looking forward to seeing 42, after seeing it I can say that I found it enjoyable but it wasn't anything great. The one thing that brought the film down as a whole to me was the script that was written by Brian Helgeland. Yes this is the "true story" of Jackie Robinson but the story just felt so familiar, we have seen the same thing done in other movies based of true events. For instance The Blind Side, both films are almost exactly the same because of the way they are told. This film also has it's fair share of cheesy moments that kind of just made me roll my eyes. The one thing I liked the most about the writing was the way Helgeland portrayed racism and the way Robinson dealt with it. Racism was a huge deal back when Robinson started playing professional baseball because he was the first African American baseball player and at the time African Americans were not treated very well. What I liked about the racism is that Helgeland didn't sugarcoat it at all, he showed how nasty many of these people were during this time. Helgeland also showed how angry Robinson was at racism and I thought that it was nicely done. Helgeland also directed the film and I thought he did a nice job. He did a good job a putting you in this era and he also did a good job at filming the baseball games. Each ball game was well shot and looked like a really baseball game which I found enjoyable. The best thing about this movie is the performances by Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, both actors give great performances and really do carry the film. In the end I found 42 to be an enjoyable sports film, if you are interested in sports films I would recommend checking it out.

The Call
The Call(2013)

The Call is a film that had a good premise and could have been something good but unfortunately it just wasn't executed well due to the poorly written script and bad direction. Every year we get a bunch of pointless horror/thriller movies like this one and sadly lots of people spend their money on movies like this which only makes studios make more of them. I mean they are all the same, they follow the same exact formula and do nothing new. Before I put in The Call into my Blu-Ray player I expected nothing and you know what I got once I finished watching it; nothing. The thing that bothered me the most about this movie was it's script that was written by Richard D'Ovidio. I will admit that there were a couple of parts where I started to get into the film but I never stayed invested long because either some stupid cliché would happen or some very bad dialogue would be spoken out of the mouth of some pointless side character. This story is as clichéd as it gets, the only part of this film that isn't really clichéd is the ending which I thought was pure garbage. I hated the ending to this movie so much, it just pissed me off so much. The only way I could describe this without spoiling the ending is by say the film ends, it just ends and leaves you there confused as hell. Other than the story the dialogue was pretty awful and there was also too many useless side characters that didn't help the plot at all. Brad Anderson is the director of this film and I just didn't like his style at all, he did help create some cool and thrilling scenes but in the end I found his style too distracting. To me the best part about this film is the acting. Honestly I don't know why Halle Berry is in this movie but she was good and definitely the best part about the film. I found Abigail Breslin extremely annoying at some points but there were also times where I didn't mind her, I guess her performance was just really inconsistent to me. In the end The Call is just another dumb horror movie, if you dig movies like this get a group of friends and watch it at you home.

The Way Way Back
½

The Way, Way Back is a charming coming of age film that is filled with great writing and fantastic performances. I found this film to be one of the biggest surprises of 2013, it didn't look awful from the trailers but it just didn't seem like a great film. Pleasantly I was surprised and it turned out to be great because I loved this movie, definitely one of my favorites of this year. One of the best things about this movie is the script by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Although the story felt a little familiar it was still written very well. This is a film that tells a story about family, friendship, relationships, and growing up and it was all written to near perfection. I was so engaged into the film's story because it was well written and I actually cared about the characters. I thought every character in this film was done the right way and none of them felt useless or unnecessary. This film also had a good sense of humor to it, there were many moments in this film that had me laughing and smiling. The drama in this film is also done very well and is hard hitting at times but it's all balanced out perfectly with the humor. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash also directed the film and one thing I thought they did a phenomenal job at was using the locations. Every location was used perfectly and really put me in that summer mood. Like I said earlier the drama and humor was balanced out perfectly and I think that goes to Faxon and Rash as the director. Another thing I loved about this movie was the performances. As always Sam Rockwell steals the show, he was just incredible in this film and added so much charisma to his character. Liam James plays the lead character and I think he has a great future ahead of him because he was so great in this film. The other kids in this film are all very good as well and none of them bothered me at all. Steve Carell is also in this film playing a different role than you'd expect him to be playing, in this film he plays a complete dick and he does a magnificent job as his character. The supporting cast is also great which includes Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Rod Corddry, and Amada Peet. In the end The Way, Way Back is a great film that I highly recommend checking out.

The Wolverine

The Wolverine is the second attempt at making a movie all about Wolverine/Logan and is directed by James Mangold. The first attempt was in 2009 with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film that many fans were disappointed with. Personally I did not like Origins that much, instead of a Wolverine movie is felt like another X-Men film with a poor script, bad effects, and terrible direction. When I saw the trailer for The Wolverine I was a tad skeptical, it didn't appeal to me that much but I was still looking forward to it because of director James Mangold. Now that I have seen The Wolverine I can say that it is a very good film and one of the best film's of the summer. One thing that I thought was great was the screenplay by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank. This time around the writers actually told a very interesting story about the character of Wolverine and made it more of a character film than a big summer blockbuster and I really liked that. I thought Wolverine was fleshed out enough and I cared for him on this journey which for the most part was really interesting and consistent. In this film there is a side plot were Wolverine falls in love with this girl he has to protect and at first I didn't really like it but now that I've thought about it I actually really liked it because it added to the story and added more emotion to Wolverine. Like I said earlier, I dug the story that was being told and for the most part it was consistent; but, I did have some problems with the writing. One of my problems was the whole third act, the first two acts felt more like a character piece but the third act went total summer blockbuster mode. I'm not saying it was done poorly, I'm just saying it could have been done in a better way. My biggest problem with the writing is most of the supporting characters, some were developed but most of them were not and felt so unnecessary (The Viper). One of the best things about this movie is James Mangold as the director, I thought he did such a phenomenal job as the director. He finally gave us the darker and grittier Wolverine and it was done very well, he barley holds back and he actually gets away with a few scenes for PG-13 movie. He also does a great job at putting you right in the middle of the action because of how well he shot these action sequences. The action sequences in this film were done very well, they were entertaining to watch and really intense, especially the bullet train sequence. Another great thing about this movie is Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, by now he is Wolverine and he just owns the role because of how fantastic he is. As far as the supporting cast goes it's fine, the only performance that I thought was weak was from Svetlana Khodchenkova even though she looked really good in the Viper costume. In the end The Wolverine is a very good superhero film and a great summer blockbuster, if your a fan of these movies it's worth checking out in theaters.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
½

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a comedy with an extremely talented cast but in the end it's just your typical, clichéd comedy. I was somewhat interested in seeing Burt Wonderstone mainly because it's cast, I mean I like everyone in this film and I thought the premise was pretty neat although the trailers didn't look that funny. Honestly this movie could have been something great but unfortunately the writing wasn't that good. I will say that I was never bored by the film, I thought it was a somewhat entertaining 100 minutes but it's was just average. There were quite a few jokes that I thought were well written and made me laugh or chuckle but other jokes just felt so lazy and sometimes painfully unfunny. Like I mentioned earlier I thought the premise was interesting but it was pretty much wasted because the film was told in the most clichéd way for a comedy. The story never bored me it's just that it could have been handled much better. To me the best thing about this movie is the cast which was pretty decent. Steve Carrel was fine and had his moments even though his character could have been handled a bit better, Steve Buscemi was good as his partner, Olivia Wilde was good as their assistant and as always she just looked fascinating, and Alan Arkin was very good as their mentor. The best member of the cast in my opinion is Jim Carrey, he plays this extreme magician who does that craziest stuff and every time he was on screen he got me smiling and laughing. The last and great James Gandolfini is also in this film and he was good for the role he was given, he had a few moments that made me laugh and it was good to see him on screen again (RIP Gandolfini). In the end The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a just an average comedy, if you want to see this one stream it when it comes on Netflix or Redbox it. I'm sorry if you find this review to be short, it's just that there wasn't much to talk about.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a brilliant horror movie and is among one of the best in the horror genre for so many reasons. This is one of many Kubrick classics and it deserves to be called a classic because it is one of the best made horror films in the history of film. I have not read the novel by Stephen King but from what I've heard the movie is nothing like the novel at all, personally I don't think that matters at all because I thought Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson did a magnificent job writing the film's screenplay. Nowadays you rarely get good writing in horror movies and that's one thing I love about this movie; in this movie you get a good story that gets you invested into the film, interesting characters, and some very good dialogue. The story to this movie is actually very well though out and it is executed perfectly. I thought that the setup for the story was very well done and that the characters had enough background to the point where you could care about them. I also loved how this film actually made you think, it's been over a week since I've watched it and I'm still trying to figure it out and thinking about it in my spare time. The scares were also well written and thought out because it's not just that jump scare crap, the scares are actually creepy and get to you. Part of the creepiness is from Stanley Kubrick's brilliant direction, he did such a masterful job and setting up the scares and the suspenseful sequences. He also did a fantastic job at setting up the shots which were incredible and shot by cinematographer John Alcott. Kubrick also made the film creepy by using Wendy Carlos's and Rachel Elkind's chilling soundtrack, right when I heard it from the opening title sequence I knew I was in for something great. The performances in this movie are just astonishing; Jack Nicholson just gives one of his many great performances, Shelley Duvall is very believable as Nicholson's wife, and Danny Lloyd gives a very good performance for a kid actor. In the end The Shining is a terrific horror film by Stanley Kubrick that must be seen if have not seen it already, if you don't see it than I'll come at you with an axe screaming "Here's Sammy!".

Red 2
Red 2(2013)

One of the biggest surprises for films in 2010 was the action-comedy film Red, based of the graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer. Many people, including myself, thought it was a very enjoyable action film that had a good amount of humor and very talented cast that all delivered. When I heard that there was a sequel being made I asked myself one question; why? I didn't think Red needed a sequel and that it was a good stand alone film. Well, I can't do anything about films being made so all I hoped for another fun action film. Did I get a fun action film? Kind of. Was it a well made film? Not exactly. Red 2 has a few thing enjoyable aspects but overall it's just not that good. My biggest problem with this film is the terrible script written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, I thought they did a good job with the first film but it just didn't feel like they tried in this one. The story was something we've seen a thousand of times with the same clichés and because of that I just wasn't interested in what was going on. Another problem I had with the writing was with the jokes, the first film had some very good jokes but the jokes in this film felt so forced and unfunny. As far as the directing went I thought Dean Parisot did a decent job, he did a fine job at pacing the film because I can't exactly say I was bored while watching this movie. He also did a fine job at filming the action sequences which were well done and enjoyable although it brought nothing new to the table. One thing I really liked about the first Red was it's great cast and this time around there are even more stars such as Catherin Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins. This time around I just thought the performances were OK; Bruce Willis was fine even though he's essentially playing Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Park was fine and looked very good in this film, John Malkovich was fun to watch and it was entertaining to watch Helen Mirren shoot a machine gun again. As for Zeta-Jones and Hopkins I thought they were alright as well. In the end Red 2 is just your average action blockbuster and is a film I cannot give a positive rating simply because it just wasn't a good film and brought nothing new to the action genre. If you want to watch this film I recommend waiting for it to come out on Netflix Streaming or cable television.

Only God Forgives

In 2011, director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling teamed up to make the film Drive. Along with many others I loved Drive and it was even my favorite film of 2011. Because I loved Drive so much I was really interested in seeing what Winding Refn would do next. When I found out his next film was titled Only God Forgives and that it starred Ryan Gosling I got excited and it immediately became one of my most anticipated films of 2013. Before it's theatrical release critics were divided on the film, some loved it and many others absolutely hated it, some people even booed it at the Cannes Film Festival (which I think is very disrespectful). Since it's release many people have been talking about this film, now audiences are divided. I have never seen so many people divided on one movie before and I think it's just incredible that a film could do this to people. Well, this is my review so I'm just going to jump right in by saying I thought this movie was a masterpiece.

It's fun to see all the big blockbusters come out during the summer and I enjoy most of them but I think it's great to see something as interesting and unique as Only God Forgives come out in the middle of the summer. I know many people will disagree with me on this movie but I know a few people will agree with me so let me start my review.

I will get to why I think Nicolas Winding Refn is a brilliant director in a second but first I'm going to talk about him as a writer. Personally I thought this film's script was truly magnificent. The story to this film just blew me away, many people have talked about this film's poor story telling but I thought it was great story telling. I thought the story telling was great because the story has a much deeper meaning than most people realize. Winding Refn also did a good job at getting me hooked right at the beginning, I was totally invested from the first scene to the strange finale. Many people may find the lack of dialogue very frustrating but I thought it was done very well because it let Refn do a lot of interesting things as a director. Another complaint people have is that all the characters are awful people and none of them are developed, I disagree with part of that. Everyone in this film does an awful thing at one point or another but I thought all these awful things had a meaning to it, I also think that there is so major character development but you as the viewer have to find out what the development was by either thinking about the film or by doing some research on the film. Overall I thought Nicolas Winding Refn did a masterful job at writing the film's script!

Now that I've talked about Refn as a writer I can talk about him as a director. Refn blew me away with Drive and he has done it again with Only God Forgives, his vision for everything is just so incredible to me. What I find incredible is how he can tell the story by using visuals, your average film goer might not appreciate that but as a film fan I love it. Speaking of visuals the cinematography was outstanding, Larry Smith's cinematography made Refn's vision look so beautiful. The biggest controversy of this film is the violence, many people think Refn went to far with the violence but I didn't mind it because I knew it all had a meaning behind it. Another thing I love about Refn is his choice in music, this time he teams up with Cliff Martinez and the score/songs for this film was just perfect for the film. I think what Refn did in this film was truly brilliant and nothing will make me change my mind about it.

The acting for this film is just astonishing, every actor in this film becomes their character and just owns it. Ryan Gosling is one of my favorite actors and he's just stunning in this film. He doesn't have that much dialogue but he does so much with his facial expressions, just looking at his character and how he acts really does help tell the story and I found that amazing. Kristen Scott Thomas gives a great performance, she just becomes this major bitch and is quite possibly the worst mom I have seen in a movie. Vithaya Pansringarm gives a magnificent performance in this film as this god-like character, he just has such a strong presence whenever he comes on screen just by the way he moves. The rest of the cast is also really good but those three actors are the main stars.

In the end Only God Forgives became one of my favorite films of the year because of how brilliant, unique, and well made it was. Nicolas Winding Refn does a fantastic job at crafting this crime drama and his cast blew me away with their stunning performances. Just like Drive this is not a film for everyone but I beg for you to at least give this film a chance just so you have an opinion on it. If your an average film goer that just sees the main blockbusters don't even bother with this film because I already know you'd hate it. Well guys, that's my review for Only God Forgives, hope you all enjoyed it and hope most of you give it a chance.

Grown Ups 2
Grown Ups 2(2013)

Honestly who the hell wanted a sequel to Grown Ups? I can tell you that I sure didn't want to see a sequel to Grown Ups. When Grown Ups first came out I enjoyed it but now that I've gotten older I realized how stupid the jokes were, that being said I can say that I was not looking forward to seeing Grown Ups 2. Well, now that I've seen Grown Ups 2 I can say that it is the exact same thing as Grown Ups, except without Rob Schneider. Grown Ups 2 is just an awful comedy that really pisses me off. The reason why it pisses me off is the fact that it's just Adam Sandler and his friends messing around and expecting to make a quick buck off of it. Another thing that pisses me off is the fact that people spend their money to see films like this, the only reason why I saw this in theaters was because my brother wanted to see it so I went with him. Like I said earlier, this movie is just Sandler and his friends messing around and it seems like no one cares about the quality of the jokes. A movie like this could have potential but unfortunately the writers don't care so they come up with this piss-poor script with lazy jokes. I will admit that there were like three scenes in this movie that made me chuckle or smile but other than that nothing made me laugh. This is the type of comedy that would mainly get 12 years olds and under too laugh, which really makes me think why this film isn't PG. I don't think I really need to talk about the directing because there's literally nothing to say about it. What really makes these films disappointing is the fact that you have a pretty decent cast; Sandler, James, Rock, and Spade all have potential at being funny but it just seems like they don't care about how childish the jokes are. This time they also have a lot of cameos and all of them are wasted, the only good additions to the cast were Shaq and his cop partner in the film. Honestly the best thing about this movie is Salma Hayek, she's just so hot. I'm sorry if you think this is a very rushed and angry review, it's just that films like this piss me off and I just need to go off on it. That being said Grown Ups 2 is a terrible comedy that I recommend skipping. Common guys next time try, you all have potential.

The Usual Suspects

In 1995 a little film called The Usual Suspects came out, over the course of it's release in theaters it did not do that well barley making over a million dollars in the US. However the film did win two Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey) and Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie). Since it's release in 1995 many people fell in love with The Usual Suspects, including myself. I recently saw The Usual Suspects for the first time and I must say that I was blown away by this film, I think this movie is truly brilliant and in a genre of it's own making it a very unique film. Everything in this film was just amazing, especially the script that was written by Christopher McQuarrie. McQuarrie deserved the win at the Oscars because his writing for this film was just incredible. One thing he did that blew me away is the fact that he put so many different genres into one film; I mean there's comedy, action, drama, mystery, and a little bit of a thriller all in one movie and it works perfectly. The story for this film was just fabulous and they way it was told was amazing. This film has one big twist that I thought worked perfectly, personally I sort of saw it coming but when it was revealed I was still shocked if that makes any sense. One thing I love about this movie is that there is not one dull moment to me, I was entertained the whole entire run time. I can't talk about The Usual Suspects without mentioning the dialogue, the dialogue is just astonishing and it's so good that it doesn't even feel like your watching a movie. I also loved how witty the dialogue was, every joke in this movie hit the right note for me. Bryan Singer directed this movie and this is the film that put him on the map because he did such a fascinating job directing this film. I thought his style was perfect for the film and that his vision for everything was magnificent. He also did such an incredible job at directing this huge group of talented actors and managed to get them all to give the best performances they possible could; that brings me to the acting. The acting in this film was just wonderful, each character was magnificently written and had enough background for you to care about them and each actor portrayed there character perfectly. Every actor gives a knockout performance in this movie and that includes Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, and many others, there are just so many people in this movie to name. Another thing worth mentioning is the John Ottoman's excellent score which fit the film perfectly. In the end The Usual Suspects became on of my favorites and is a film that I encourage you to see.

Children of Men

Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men is a modern day masterpiece and is one of the best films I have seen in the last decade. I really had no idea what this film was before seeing it, my friends told me that it was brilliant so I checked it out immediately (thanks George and Matt!). What makes this film the masterpiece it is, is the originality and execution of it all. This could have been some over the top Sci-Fi movie but it wasn't because the writers created this dark and realistic world that took place in the future. I absolutely loved the world these writers created because it's something very different from what we've seen before and I thought that was incredible. The writers also did an excellent job at writing the story, I've seen this type of story done before but it's just the way it was all executed. The type of story I talk about is a group of people go on one journey to get to point A to point B but like I said, it's all in the execution. The writers also do a very good job at adding some interesting elements to the story that were all done very well, overall this was just a fantastic story that was completely original. When it comes to the writing you cant forget the dialogue, the dialogue in this film was written very well and even though this is a pretty dark movie some of the dialogue was pretty witty. I also cant forget about the characters, all the main characters were written very well and had enough background for me to care about them. Now let me talk about the directing which was brilliant. Alfonso Cuaron's style in this film just completely blew me away. Cuaron knows how do create suspense and tension by putting the camera in one place and just keeping it there, also the lack of music in those scenes also created suspense. One thing I liked about his style is that it kind of felt like a documentary, plus the cinematography and his style was a match made in heaven because the cinematography was gorgeous. The acting in this film was nothing short from phenomenal. Clive Owen gives a knockout performance, Julianne Moore was great for her role, and Michael Caine was actually quite hysterical as a drug dealer. The supporting cast is also magnificent which includes Claire-Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Pam Ferris. In the end Children of Men is one of the most accomplished films in the past decade and is a film that I highly recommend checking out.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

Pacific Rim is a movie that I have been looking forward to for a very long time now. When I first heard Guillermo del Toro was going to make a movie about giant robots fighting giant aliens/monsters I just got so excited because it sounded so awesome, plus Guillermo del Toro is a fantastic visual director and the cast was fairly decent. After a long wait I finally saw Pacific Rim and I can proudly say that it is an awesome summer blockbuster that shouldn't be missed. Everything in this film is done quite well, especially the visual effects and the breathtaking action sequences. Before I start talking about the action let me talk about a few other things, starting with the writing. For the most part I thought the writing was fairly good, it wasn't great but it got the job done. The script was written by del Toro and Travis Beacham and one thing that I loved about their writing is that they thought of so many cool ideas and they were all handled very well. The whole concept of this film was just so cool and unique and I am so glad it was done the right way. The story was also done well, it wasn't that deep but you don't go to these types of movies for incredible story telling. This movie also doesn't have that much character depth, the only character depth you really get is from Idris Elba's character and Rinko Kikuchi's character. Other than that I thought this film had some pretty cool characters even though they don't have that much depth. To my surprise this film actually has quite a bit of humor in this movie, there were quite a few times were I laughed out loud in my theater. As for the film's directing I thought Guillermo del Toro did a very good job. While watching this film I could just tell that del Toro cared about this project and I even read in an article that this film was originally supposed to be in 2D only but the studio wanted it to be in 3D and del Toro wanted to make sure that the 3D looked good and not the crappy looking post converted 3D. Saying that the 3D in this film was great and I recommend seeing it on a big screen in 3D. As far as acting goes the cast did a pretty good job. I though Charlie Hunnam did a good job as the lead and Rinko Kikuchi was good as his partner. My favorite performances in this movie are from Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day; I thought all those actors were great in their roles. Now for what you've all been waiting for, the action. The action in this film is just mind-blowing; all the action sequences were just so incredible and entertaining. While watching this movie I felt as if I was eight years old again and it felt great. The CGI in the action sequences is just incredible, I mean this film as a whole looked amazing. The CGI for the Jaegers (robots) and the Kaiju (monsters) just looked stunning and were very detailed, also it looked fascinating when these two beasts went at it with each other. The CGI isn't the only thing that looked good in this movie, the sets and costumes also looked incredible. In the end Pacific Rim is just an awesome experience that should be seen in theaters, if you don't get a chance to see it in theaters than definitely check it out when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray!

The Truman Show
½

The Truman Show is a very interesting and unique film that is well written, directed, and acted. I can't say that I've ever seen anything like this movie, the film's story is just so strange but it works so well because of Andrew Niccol's fantastic script. The story for this film is just so original and unique but it is extremely well written, a film like this could have been a disaster had it not been written well. This film had me invested right from the beginning and did not let me go until the credits began, everything in the story was just so interesting because I had never seen anything like it before. I honestly don't know what genre this movie fits into, there are some dramatic moments but there are also a few comedic moments and they both work very well. Peter Weir does an incredible job at directing this film and helps bring Niccol's vision to life. Weir does an amazing job at directing his actors and he also does a good job at keeping a steady tone. Sometimes the tone could be a little off when there's both drama and humor but Weir does it perfectly in this movie. Weir also does a great job at setting up some of these incredible shots, there are some scenes in this movie were the camera is just facing Jim Carrey from a mirror or from a car radio and they just look amazing. Speaking of Carrey, the performances in this movie are great. Jim Carrey is just phenomenal in this movie and gives one of his best performances, this is not the comedian Jim Carrey in this movie and I thought it was fascinating that he got himself out of that and gave a great performance in this serious role. Ed Harris is in this film as well and he's great as always. In the supporting cast you have Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, and Natasha McElhone and they all give very good performances. In the end The Truman Show is a fantastic film that shouldn't be missed, definitely check this movie out if you haven't already!

Seven (Se7en)

To me David Fincher's Se7en is a masterpiece, everything about this movie is just incredible to me. David Fincher is a fantastic filmmaker and this is without a doubt one of the best films. This movie is flawless in my opinion, I didn't have one single problem with this movie because everything was done so perfectly. I'll go more in depth about this movie starting with the writing. Andrew Kevin Walker's script is just fascinating, the script tells a very dark and interesting story that has a few twists and turns along the way. Se7en's story is just unforgettable mainly because of how dark twisted some of the material is; but, that's not necessarily bad thing in my opinion. One thing I love about this film's story is that it's original, you don't get that many films with original stories like this nowadays and that's quite disappointing. Anyway, the story had me invested the whole way through and was just incredible. Also the dialogue and characters were well written as well. David Fincher's did a brilliant job at directing this movie. Like I said the story for this film is really dark and Fincher did a fantastic job at creating this dark tone. All the environments looked dark and in a lot of the film's scenes it's raining. Fincher also does a great job at creating suspense, there are a few suspenseful scenes in this film including the ending of the film which was definitely the most suspenseful scene in the entire movie. The moments before the big twist were just calm and slowly building up to that twist and it was just so suspenseful. Another thing that adds to the suspense in the magnificent score by Howard Shore. Fincher also does a very good job at setting up the shots in this film and the cinematography captures his vision beautifully. The performances in this movie are amazing, every actor gives it there all and it pays off. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are great together and both give incredible performances along with Gwyneth Paltrow and a very chilling Kevin Spacey. In the end Se7en is a brilliant film and should not be missed, definitely check this film out!

The Lone Ranger
½

With all the success the Pirates of the Caribbean films had, director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and actor Johnny Depp team up once again but this time they're bringing us The Lone Ranger. I wasn't really looking forward to The Lone Ranger because the trailers didn't look that good and I have never seen the original show. The only thing that really interested me was that it was a western and it had Johnny Depp in it so I was hoping that it could be a fun time. Did I have a fun time with The Lone Ranger? No, not really. The Lone Ranger is just a very bad summer blockbuster that could have been done so much better. My biggest problem with this movie is the film's script because it was just horrendous. I'll start off by talking about the story which I was so disappointed in. I will say I enjoyed the first 30 minutes of the film because I was interested in what was happening; but, after that I just didn't care anymore. At about the 40 minute mark I just got bored and I was bored up until the final action sequence. The story also had quite a bit of plot holes, I didn't care about the story but those plot holes just made the writing even messier. One thing that I didn't like whatsoever is the way the story was told, the story is being told by an older Tonto and it just didn't do anything for the film. Now onto the film's direction which I thought was pretty poor. This film is two and half hours long, this film could have had easily had 45 minutes cut out but Verbinski just let it stay. I really felt the length of this movie, it didn't need to be two and a half hours long. I also felt that Verbinski didn't quite know what the tone was suppose to be for this film, at one moment there would be some silly joke for kids and the next a man would be eating another mans heart. I will say Verbinski did a good job at setting up the shots and directing the action sequences. Speaking of the action sequences they were all well done and definitely the best thing about this movie. The special effects looked great and all the action sequences were entertaining, to bad they didn't have more of it. The final action sequence in this film was actually really good and I think it would have worked better if it was just some short film on the internet, that way you wouldn't have to wait two hours to see it. As far as acting goes it's not that good, only a couple of performances are good. Armie Hammer wasn't that good in my opinion, I just didn't care about his character at all and I didn't believe that he was suppose to be a hero. That could be the writers fault but who knows. Johnny Depp was fine as Tonto but he and Hammer just didn't have that great of chemistry. For a movie like this they should have good chemistry but they didn't, it actually seemed like the disliked each other. William Fichtner was good as the film's villain and James Badge Dale was good as The Lone Ranger's brother but other those two and Depp this movie didn't have any good performances. In the end The Lone Ranger is just a forgettable action film that I would recommend skipping, if your a fan of The Lone Ranger or you just really want to see this movie I would recommending renting it when it comes out on DVD because it's not worth seeing at the theaters.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)
½

Nowadays you don't really see that much westerns coming out and I think that's a shame. Personally I love westerns and there have been many great westerns over the course of the genre's existence. One of the most recent westerns is James Mangold's remake of 3:10 to Yuma, a film that I think is great. Now I have not seen the original so I can not compare them, what I can tell you is how great this film is. Let me start out by talking about this film's writing which I thought was brilliant. The writing to this movie was just so good, the writers created such an amazing story that had me invested for the whole running time. One of the things that make the story so interesting is the film's two main characters. What I mean by that is the two main characters, Ben Wade and Dan Evans, are written so well. Each of them have back stories that tell you quite a bit about them and they both have motivations for what they are doing, to be honest I actually cared about both characters even though one was a good guy and the other was a bad guy. James Mangold's direction helps bring the story to life, he just does an incredible job at directing the actors and putting the camera in the right place. Speaking of cameras the cinematography for this movie was beautiful, the camera just made the open landscapes look incredible. The score for this movie was also great and fit the film perfectly. If I had to choose one thing in this movie that stood out the most it would probably be the performances. All the performances in this movie were amazing, especially the two main performances. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale are just phenomenal in this film, both give one of the best performances of their career's. Ben Foster is also great in this film and I'd even say he's up there with Crowe and Bale. In the end 3:10 to Yuma is a fantastic film that I would highly recommend!

Independence Day

If I had to pick one word to describe Independence Day that word would be awesome. Independence Day is an awesome 90s summer blockbuster that is pure popcorn fun. Is this movie really cheesy and goofy at times? Well yeah, but that adds to the awesomeness. Ok I think it's about time I stopped using the word awesome because I've said it a lot already. Let me talk a little more in depth about Independence Day starting with the writing. Independence Day's script is far from great but it works very well for 90s summer blockbuster. The story takes you on a fun ride, the one-liners are great, and the characters are all really cool. The one thing this script could have used was more character depth, all the characters are really cool but you barley know anything about them. Still, the film's script is very good for 90s summer blockbuster. Roland Emmerich does a great job at directing this film, he is great when it comes directing big action movies like this one. The special effects in this movie are dated but for it's time they were very good. All the action sequences and destruction of cities looked good with the special effects and were very entertaining. Every actor in this movie gives good performance and does a great job at portraying their character. Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Randy Quaid are all awesome in this movie and the supporting cast is great as well. In the end Independence Day is just an awesome movie that takes you on a fun ride and is definitely worth checking out!

White House Down
½

White House Down is the second film this year that is about the White House being taken over and I was actually looking forward to it. I really enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen but I was still interested in seeing White House Down because of the cast and the director. Now that I've seen White House Down I can say that it is an enjoyable action film but it is has quite a bit of stupid things to it. If you plan on seeing this movie don't expect anything more than a fun action movie, if your expecting a good story or just good writing in general you wont get that. The writing to this movie is not that good; the story is clichéd and very predictable, the tone changes a lot, some of the dialogue is horrible, quite a bit of jokes were not funny, and I also felt that there were a few unnecessary characters. I will say that the story worked just because it was an action film (if that makes any sense) and that some of the jokes actually worked. At least the action sequences make up for the film's writing. The action sequences are all done very well done whether it was a fist fight, shootout, or chase. Roland Emmerich does a very good job at directing the action sequences, he has always has the camera at the right place and he doesn't use shaky cam. The one thing I thought Emmerich didn't do that great of a job was pacing the film, the film had it's slow parts and it was just too long, 25 minutes at the least could have been cut out. The special effects aren't the greatest but I thought they worked and they didn't bother me that much. As far as the acting goes it's pretty good, everyone has a cartoony moment but for the most part everyone's good here. Channing Tatum gives a fine performance in this movie and I could believe him as an action star. Jamie Foxx is very good as the President of the United States and I thought he and Tatum were great together. I thought Joey King was really good as Tatum's daughter, watch out for this girl because I believe she has a great future ahead of her. The rest of the cast is decent which includes James Woods, Jason Clarke, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Richard Jenkins. Overall White House Down is an entertaining action film that I would recommend seeing if you just want to watch a fun action film.

Memento
Memento(2000)

Memento is the film that put writer/director Christopher Nolan on the map, before Memento all Nolan had done was a short film titled Doodlebug (which I have not seen) and a very good film titled Following. Following was a very good film but it nothing like Memento, to me Memento is a masterpiece and one of the best films I have ever seen. I found Memento to be mesmerizing, this is one of many greats by Christopher Nolan. Everything works perfectly in this movie from Nolan's brilliant writing to the outstanding performances by the cast. What amazed me the most was the brilliant screenplay by Christopher Nolan. The story was so incredible but that's not what amazed me, it's the way the story was told. This movie is shown backwards and I thought it actually worked out for the best because it was just unique and original. Seriously we need more films like this nowadays, at least Nolan's still in his prime. Anyway, the story is just so fascinating and one of the most original story's I've ever seen on screen. Ever twist surprised me and like Following by the end of movie I was just shocked. Nolan also does a great job at writing the film's dialogue and all the unique characters. Nolan proves that he is one of the best working directors in this movie because he does so many incredible things. One thing that he did to make the story better was show certain scenes in black and white and I thought that was a brilliant move. He also gives you something to think about for days, it's been awhile since I've seen it and I'm still thinking about and I assume I will be for a few more days. One thing Nolan always does right is getting the cast to give it there all and that's the case for Memento. Guy Pearce is a great actor and his performance in this movie is just mind blowing. I think this is his best performance of his career because he just knocks it way out of the park, he literally became his character. The supporting cast is also stunning which includes Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantolino. Everything else is incredible in this movie. The cinematography, the editing, the score, it's all brilliant. Memento is truly a masterpiece and it is a must see, please do yourself a favor and watch this movie if you haven't all ready.

Following
Following(1999)

Before Christopher Nolan did any big budget films like The Dark Knight or Inception he did a low budget film called Following. Following is Christopher Nolan's first feature film and I must say that Following is a very good debut for Nolan. This film was written, directed, and shot by Nolan himself and I thought he did a great job in all those categories. Let me talk more in depth on each of those categories starting with the writing. Nolan is a great writer and he proves it in this film because his script is brilliant. I mean the story was just so different, I was always curious to see what would happen next. Following has a lot of twists and turns like most Nolan films and they were all great in this film. I was honestly shocked by the ending of the movie because it was far from what I expected. The dialogue was also very good and all the main characters were well written as well. Nolan also does a great job at directing this film. I know this was a low budget film but I thought it was great that he decided to use a black and white camera to shoot the film, to me it just brought the film to life. He does a great job at telling the story through his direction but he also does a good at directing his actors. Saying that I should probably talk about the acting which was pretty good. Jeremy Theobald gives a very good performance as The Young Man (who is the main character) but to me the standout performance is from Alex Haw as Cobb. Lucy Russell is also very good as The Blonde. Another thing worth mentioning is the original music by David Julyan, I just thought that the score was cool and fit the movie perfectly. In the end Following is a very good film by a young Christopher Nolan and is definitely a movie worth checking out.

Star Trek Into Darkness
½

In 2009, director J.J. Abrams rebooted the beloved Star Trek franchise with the film Star Trek. To me Star Trek was a fascinating film because I fell in love with it and before seeing it I was never into anything involving Star Trek. Everything in that movie worked beautifully and I when I heard Abrams was returning for another Star Trek I got so excited. Star Trek Into Darkness was one of my most anticipated movies of 2013 and it did not let down what so ever. One word that describes this movie best for me is "breathtaking", to me this is a just a stunning film where everything works. I would even say that this movie is better than the 2009 Star Trek. J.J. Abrams is definitely one of the best working directors out there right now and he proves that in this movie. He knows how to work with his actors and he paces this movie perfectly. The writing to this movie is also incredible, the story was so good and it was much more complex than I thought it would be. Also the dialogue was very good and all the characters are just as likeable as they were in the 2009 film with the addition of a few more characters. Just like the first movie the visual effects and sound effects are just astonishing, I mean everything look beautiful and everything sounds great. This movie packed with a lot of action and a lot of suspenseful moments and it's all directed so well. All the of the original cast return for this movie and they all give terrific performances, especially Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. One new cast member to the series is one Benedict Cumberbatch as the film's villain and he just knocks it out of the park. What makes him so great is that he's such a bad-ass and he's so menacing, his character even has a very good backstory which most villains lack now a days. Overall Star Trek Into Darkness is a marvelous film in my opinion and is a perfect way to start of the summer season.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)
½

If you know me you'll know that I am not that big of a Superman fan, before Man of Steel was announced I had no interest in the character. When Man of Steel was announced I was interested because Zack Snyder was directing the film, Christopher Nolan was producing it, and David S. Goyer was writing it. I decided to prepare for Man of Steel by watching all the previous films because I haven't seen them and it turns out that I actually really enjoy the first two films. The third and fourth film are just garbage and Superman Returns was just decent. I actually got really excited for Man of Steel because the trailers looked great, the film had a lot of talent behind the camera, and the film has a fantastic cast. Well ladies and gentlemen, Man of Steel is finally upon us and I have to say that it met my expectations. To me this was just an awesome summer blockbuster but it was also a great superhero film as well. Everything I would want from a superhero film was in this movie and it all worked out very well. Man of Steel is another origin story of Superman and I thought that it was extremely well done, the screenplay by David S. Goyer was just amazing. I thought that this movie told a fantastic story of Superman's origin and was a great first entry of this new Superman series. I even thought that the story in this movie was an improvement from Superman and Superman II. Goyer also manages to put in quite a few emotional scenes in this film, many people may disagree with me on that but I thought all those scenes worked out perfectly. Before this movie came out lots of people were saying that this would be more of a Christopher Nolan movie than a Zack Snyder movie, those people are so wrong because this is definitely a Zack Snyder film. I'm not the biggest Zack Snyder fan but I thought his style worked perfectly for this movie. One thing Snyder did a great job at was pacing the movie, this movie is two and a half hours long but it just flew by for me. Overall I thought Snyder did a really good job. This movie is just absolutely beautiful to look at, Amir Mokri's cinematography is just so beautiful and the visual/special effects are just mind blowing. Lots of people, such as myself, where really disappointed that Superman Returns didn't have that much action; well, Man of Steel definitely makes up for that. There are so many awesome action sequences and they are all done extremely well. Like I said earlier the visual effects are just phenomenal and it just makes the action sequences look amazing. Speaking of amazing you also got Hans Zimmer as the film's composer and his score is just magnificent, every scene had the perfect music going on in the background. Now it's time to talk about the acting. Henry Cavill is the new Superman and I didn't know what to expect because he hasn't done that much acting that I was aware of, I saw him in The Cold Light of Day but that movie was terrible. I can proudly say that Cavill is a fantastic Superman/Clark Kent, I believed that he was both Superman and Clark Kent because he could portray all the emotions of those two characters. He was also physically built for the role. Amy Adams plays Lois Lane and I thought she was great, I believed that she was this determined reporter and she definitely had the look for the role, I mean she's beautiful. Many people say that Lois Lane's and Superman's relationship was rushed but I disagree with that, I thought that Amy Adams and Henry Cavill were great together and had a very good relationship. Every superhero film has to have a great villain and this film has Michael Shannon as General Zod. I thought Shannon was brilliant as General Zod because I thought he was so menacing and I liked his character a lot because his character had a reasonable motive to be the way he is. Russell Crowe is great as Jor-El and Kevin Costner is great as Jonathan Kent, both play great father figures and both are very good in the emotional scenes. Personally this is my favorite Superman movie because it has everything I would want out of a superhero film. Man of Steel is an awesome film and is a film I would highly recommend, you may not love it as much as I did but it's definitely worth checking out. If you do decide to see it than see it in theaters because I can guarantee that it'd be a much better experience than watching it at home.

Monsters University

Pixar has made some incredible films and some of my all-time favorites but as of lately they haven't done anything that great. I haven't seen Cars 2 yet but I heard that it was pretty bad and Brave was just mediocre. When I heard that Pixar was going to do a prequel to Monsters Inc. I got excited but at the same time I was kind of worried. I love Monster Inc. but I wasn't so sure that a prequel would work, especially with Pixar's recent films. I went into the prequel, Monster University, hoping that it would be an enjoyable film and that's what I ended up getting. Although Monsters University isn't one of Pixar's greatest films or on the same level of the original it's still a very good movie that both adults and kids will enjoy. I thought the writing for this film was very good. The story has a lot of clichés but it didn't really bother me because the film actually had characters that I cared about and the story was just fun. If you don't know this film is about how Mike and Sully met in college and I thought it was really well done, there is a lot of humor that worked and got me laughing and I was actually invested in the story even though it had it's fair amount of clichés. All the characters are great in this movie, you got some characters from the original who return but there is also a ton of new characters. Mike and Sully are still great characters and I really liked their chemistry with each other in this film because this is the first time met and you get to see them go from enemies to friends. There are a couple of scenes towards the end of the film with Mike and Sully that I just thought were so powerful and well done. Billy Crystal and John Goodman return to voice these two characters and they were fantastic just like they were in the first film. Also returning for a smaller role is Steve Buscemi as Randy and he was great as well. One of the new characters in this movie is voiced by Helen Mirren and her voice was just perfect for this character, her character is this dragon creature that actually looks quite terrifying. In this movie Mike and Sully must team up with a team of losers and all of those characters are great and all the voice actors were perfect for their part. I don't even have to say this but I will, the animation is truly amazing and just looks so beautiful. In the end Monsters University is a very good film that I would recommend seeing whether your a kid, teenager, adult or grandparent.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

I was not that excited to see World War Z, the trailers just didn't do it for me and the all it's production problems worried me. On the bright side Brad Pitt was starring in the film and Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard, two writers I really like, were involved in writing the script. Now that I've seen World War Z I can say that it's a fun blockbuster but that's all it is. I love zombie movies and zombie TV shows that are done really well and unfortunately World War Z isn't one of those movies, it's just a fun popcorn flick and that's not a entirely bad thing. One thing that disappointed me a lot was the film's script. This film went through a bunch of re-writes and in the end the three writers who were given credit didn't do that great of a job at writing the script. Some scenes were decently written but for the most part I found the story to be un-interesting and I found myself thinking "just get to the next action sequence". The biggest problem I had with the script was the ending, it was so anti-climatic and was so overdone. The writers definitely played it to safe because I read an article on how the film was originally suppose to end and I prefer that ending so much more than the one shown, it was much darker and risker. I was really disappointed in Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard because I think they're both really good writers. Like I mentioned earlier this film went through production hell and I could definitely tell that they reshot a couple of scenes or cut things out. I blame director Marc Forster for that because he could of handled this situation so much better than he had. Most people want to see this movie for the action and the action sequences are done very well. Each action sequence had me entertained and looked very good because of the well done CGI, which surprised me because the CGI in the trailers looked awful. Surprisingly there were actually a few scenes that I thought were pretty suspenseful, mainly a scene towards the end of the movie in a medical facility. As far as acting goes it's decent but nobody in this film has anything to do other than Brad Pitt. I love Pitt as an actor and I thought he was pretty good in this film, he was a badass and I actually cared about his character. Oh Matthew Fox is in this movie but he's only in the movie for two scenes and says like four lines of dialogue. So in the end World War Z is nothing but an entertaining action flick, if your looking for a good story than you wont find it here. I would recommend this to action buffs and zombie fans because it's pretty entertaining.

Oz the Great and Powerful
½

The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic, whether your a kid or adult you've probably seen it and if not than you've definitely heard of it. Growing up as a kid I use to watch it quite a bit; but, I have not seen it in a very long time. I was skeptical when I heard that a prequel was being made because the original will always be a classic and I wasn't so sure that a prequel would work. When I heard that Sam Raimi was directing the film and James Franco would be starring the film I actually started to look forward to seeing the film because I liked both of those guys a lot. Now that I've seen Oz: The Great and Powerful I can say that it is a very enjoyable film. The movie does have a few flaws but other than that this is a pretty good movie. One of the problems I had with this film was some of the writing, the script was actually pretty good but there were some parts that just took me out of the movie. Also I thought some of characters were undeveloped and that the paths they take were just poorly done (you'll know who if you've seen the movie). Other than those few things I thought that the story was well written and was a fun ride. The film also manages to have some very likeable characters that you actually care about. Now let's talk about the directing. I love Sam Raimi as a director, he's made quite a few of my favorite films (the first two Spider-Man films and the Evil Dead trilogy) and I was looking forward to seeing what he could do with this movie. Well, I thought he did a very good job directing this film. He did use a lot of CGI but it all looked amazing, I mean this movie is visually stunning. When everything's not entirely CGI all the sets are really good along with all the costumes. Anyway, back to Raimi. Raimi also does a good job at working with his actors, speaking of the acting the performances are very good with one exception. James Franco is very good which really doesn't surprise because he's a great actor in my opinion and he is joined by a great supporting cast. Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Bill Cobbs, and Tony Cox were all really good and gave good performances. The voice acting by Zach Braff and Joey King is also great, especially Joey King because I found her character to be so cute and her voice acting honestly made me want to cry. The only weak link in this cast is Mila Kunis who I thought wasn't right for the role, she's a fine actor but she shouldn't have been in this movie. Oh well, at least there's an appearance by Bruce Campbell. In the end I found Oz: The Great and Powerful to be a very enjoyable film that I would recommend seeing.

Stoker
Stoker(2013)
½

I knew very little about Stoker before I saw it so I really didn't know what to expect. I had only watched the trailer once and watched a few reviews, other than that I barley knew anything. After seeing Stoker I have to say that it is one of the strangest films I have seen in quite some time; but, it is also a pretty damn good movie. Other than a few minor flaws this movie is great and just put together so well. Everything works in this film, making it one of best films of 2013 so far. First off I thought that this movie was written very well by Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson. These two writers told a brilliant story that was so strange and different and that is why I thought it was great. This film is part mystery and it had me guessing the twist the whole time but the film shocked me and I give the writers credit for that. Other than a mystery this film is also a multilayered drama, there are so many scenes that I found to be quite powerful and memorable. There were a few things in the story that could have been answered a little bit better but I didn't find that to be a huge issue because I think I understand the film pretty well. Another thing that I found to be written very well was the characters. I found each character to be really interesting and they were all portrayed perfectly by the actors who played them, which I will get into in a second. Also the dialogue in this film was very good and well written. One of the best things about this movie is director Chan-wook Park's style, he did so many things that I thought were brilliant and so unique. Chung-hoon Chung's cinematography was just gorgeous, each shot was just breathtaking and so beautiful. The editing and sound design were also incredible. The performances by the three lead actors is one of the best things about this movie. Mia Wasikowska plays this very strange girl and she just does an incredible job, I've seen her in a few movies now and I think this is by far the best performance I've seen her give. Matthew Goode just knocks it out of the park and gives a fantastic performance. Goode can be mysterious, creepy, charming, and it just all adds up to an incredible performances. Nicole Kidman is also in this film and I thought she was great as well. Overall Stoker isn't a film for everybody but it's a film that I thought was great.

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies(2013)
½

Warm Bodies is an enjoyable film but is a film that I didn't find to be great. Don't get me wrong this is a good movie but I don't find it to be as great as other people do. Warm Bodies is written and directed by Jonathan Levine who previously directed the film 50/50, a film that I find to be great. Overall I thought that he did a good job at writing the film's script and directing the film. The one thing that I loved about this movie is that it had a different take on zombies and a different take on romance movies. For the most part I thought the story was well written and unique, however I did have some problems with the story. Even though the story for this movie is unique and original it still has it's clichéd moments. Also there was one side plot that I found to me pointless and was there just to have a clichéd moment towards the middle of the movie. Other than those few things I thought that the story was really good and entertaining. This movie has a good amount of humor to it and I thought it all worked, there were actually a few scenes that I found to be hilarious. Surprisingly the effects in this movie were actually really good, all the makeup work on the zombies looked great and the effects for these creatures called the "Bonies". The acting in this film is all great, especially the two leads. Nicolas Hoult and Teresa Palmer were both great in this film, what made them so great is that they had fantastic chemistry with each other. The supporting cast is good as well which includes Rob Corddry, Analeigh Tipton, and one John Malkovich. Overall Warm Bodies is an enjoyable film that I think is worth checking out.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
½

A popular theme for movies now a days seems to be taking a popular fairy tale and reboot it into a darker and more adventuress tale. Hansel & Gretel: Which Hunters is one of the latest films of this genre and just by the title you automatically think "Wow, that sounds really stupid". Well that's exactly what this movie is, stupid. Now this isn't one of the worst movies I have seen but it's still a pretty bad film. This is an action movie and you would mainly want to see this movie for the action but I still expect a half way decent script. I understand that writer Tommy Wirkola was trying to change the whole story of Hansel & Gretel and make it into a action movie but his script is just so bland and generic. They could have done so many cool things with this plot but instead Wirkola just put in a bunch of stupid ideas and stupid plot lines. I will say that Wirkola didn't do a horrendous job at directing the film because the film was well paced and it had a short run time. I was never bored by this film and that's because of the amount of action that was in the film. The action wasn't anything incredible but it was somewhat entertaining. I'm assuming that this movie didn't have that big of a budget because the special effects were just awful. All the special effects just looked horrible along with all the makeup for the witches. One thing that saves the movie is the performances from Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. I think Renner is a great actor and I honestly don't know why he took this role but overall he's fine in the film. I don't think Arterton is that great of an actress but she was actually decent in this film, she's also very good to look at so there's another plus. The rest of the cast is just terrible, especially Famke Janssen who plays an over the top witch. In the end Hansel & Gretel: Which Hunters is just a very bad action movie. I suggest you skip this one because there are so many better films out there.

Superman Returns
½

I'm going to start off by saying Superman Returns is fifty times better than Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. I was really hoping that Superman Returns wouldn't be another piece of crap and thankfully it isn't; but, it isn't that great of a film either. Superman Returns could have been a great film but it just ended up being a decent film that didn't use it's full potential. First I'm going to talk about the film's story which I thought was decent. My biggest problem with the story is that it focuses more on Lois Lane than Clark Kent/Superman. I like the character of Lois Lane but her life just isn't that interesting compared to Superman's, I mean the movie is titled Superman Returns so I expect to see more of Superman than the supporting characters. Other that I thought some scenes were way better than others, some scenes would be great and others would be really boring. If the writers focused on Superman more than Lois Lane and if the story would have been a bit more even than this would have been a much better film. You would think that a movie like this would have a lot of action in it, right? Well, your wrong because there is barely any action in this movie; but, whenever there is an action sequence on screen it is actually really good (especially the plane sequence). I like Bryan Singer as a director but I just didn't like what he did with this movie. A movie like this should be fact paced but it isn't at all. Some scenes would just bore me and drag on, Singer could have easily cut out at least twenty-five minutes of the film but he didn't. So how's the acting? For most it was actually pretty good. I thought Brandon Routh was good as Clark Kent/Superman even though he was pretty much imitating Christopher Reeve's performance. Kate Bosworth was decent as Lois Lane, nothing that great about her performance. To me Kevin Spacey's performance was the best, I thought he played a great Lex Luthor and that he was a very good villain. Overall Superman Returns is a huge improvement from Superman III and Superman IV but it just isn't the great movie that it could have been.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

You know what, I just wrote a rant on Superman III and I really don't want to write another. All I need to say is that this film is nothing but garbage and everything about it sucks, that's all I have to say.

This Is the End
½

This Is the End is a comedy that I have been waiting for, for quite some time. I thought that the concept was really cool and I like everybody who was involved with the movie. I mean I love all the actors that were starring in the film and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are a great team when it comes to writing comedies. The only film that I didn't like that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote was The Watch, other than that Superbad is one of my favorite movies and I really enjoy Pineapple Express. Hell I even think Green Hornet is an enjoyable movie although it isn't that good overall. Anyway, This Is the End is the latest film from Rogen and Goldberg and I have to say that this is without a doubt one of the funniest movies that I have seen in quite some time. To me this is like Fast and Furious 6, it isn't a perfect movie at all but it does what it's suppose to do. Rogen and Goldberg do a fantastic job at writing and directing this film, personally I think this movie is right up there with Superbad. I don't know how much of the film was improvised but Rogen and Goldberg still did a great job at writing the story and the film's jokes. Finally we get an original story for a comedy and for the most part I thought it worked very well. Yeah some parts of the story were a bit clichéd but that didn't bother me that much because for the most part the story was unique and different from most the comedies that come out today, and that's a good thing! Almost every single joke worked for me in this film, I mean I was laughing non-stop throughout the entire film! When it comes to the humor I have to give a lot of credit to the actors because they actually make fun of themselves by making fun of rumors that have been told about them and they make fun of some of the bad movies that they have made. Saying that I thought all the main stars were great and all the celebrity cameos were great as well (especially one towards the end of the film)! I really liked how the whole cast and crew just let loose and had a blast while making this film and how all the improve worked. One thing that kind of surprised me was the special effects, for most they were really well done and looked so cool. Overall This Is the End is a hilarious comedy that had me laughing non-stop, definitely check this one out if you're a fan of movies like this or the actors in the film.

Superman III
Superman III(1983)

I'm not a huge Superman fan at all but I do really enjoy the first two films and because of that I went into Superman III with an open mind. Well, now that I've seen it I can honestly say that this is one of the worst superhero movies and overall one of the worst films I have ever seen. To me everything was just done so poorly and so many things just annoyed the living hell out of me. One of my biggest problems with the film was the story. The first two films both had pretty good stories but I just did not get into Superman III's story at all. I just thought everything about the story was stupid and boring, a few times in the movie I stopped paying attention because of how dreadful the film is. Another thing that I really hated is that the movie didn't take itself seriously at all. Yes I know I said the campiness in the first two films was fine but this film just took it to the max. If they wouldn't have had that same tone for the entire film than it would have been a tad bit better. I basically blame director Richard Lester for the tone issues because you could see that lighter tone in Superman II but it actually worked in that movie. The special effects even bothered me in this movie and I didn't have a problem with them in the first two films. I think its because at one point I could see the wires attached to Christopher Reeve's back while he was flying. Speaking of Christopher Reeve I even thought he wasn't good in the movie. I don't necessarily blame him because it's not his fault the film was poorly written and directed. This film has a lot of new cast members who were all just terrible in my opinion, especially Richard Pryor because he was just so annoying. Overall I thought Superman III sucked, I absolutely hate this film!

Superman II
Superman II(1981)
½

Superman II is a very impressive sequel to Richard Donner's Superman, a movie that I found to be fascinating. Everything that was great about the first one is in this movie and that's why it 's such a great film, I even think that this is superior to it's predecessor. One thing I loved about this film is the film's story, I thought it was written and handled terrifically. What I liked about the story is that Superman was basically the underdog because of all the conflicts that were going on. I mean he has to go up against three villains that are as powerful as him and at one point he has to decide whether he wants to be Superman anymore because of his love life with Lois Lane. I just thought it was handled really well and that is was a very good story. Now Richard Donner did not direct this sequel due to problems that were occurring behind the camera. There is a cut of the film that is Donner's version of the film but the version I am reviewing is by director Richard Lester. Personally I thought Lester did a very good job. He did add a lot of humor and to me it was even more campy than the first film but I thought for the most part it all worked out pretty well. Even thought Lester did a good job I would still like to see the Richard Donner cut. The special effects in this film are dated like it's predecessor but for the time it was made it was pretty impressive. I still think the effects are decent even though they aren't that great. As far as the action goes it's pretty good, it isn't the best but it still entertained me. In this film all the cast members return to reprise their roles and they are still great. Christopher Reeve is still fantastic as Clark Kent/Superman, Margot Kidder is still great as Lois Lane, and Gene Hackman is still amazing as Lex Luthor. The main villain in Superman II is General Zod who is played by Terence Stamp who is just brilliant. Zod is such an awesome villain because he's such a badass and Stamp's performance was just stunning. The other two villains, Ursa and Non, are played by Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran and they are both great. The musical score is still great in this film even thought it is not composed by John Williams. Overall Superman II is yet another great Superman flick and is a film I highly recommend seeing. If you don't see it, you will kneel before ZOD.

Superman
Superman(1978)
½

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! Yes ladies and gentlemen it is Superman and his first appearance on the big screen was in Richard Donner's Superman, which came out in 1978. I never saw the Superman films when I was a kid because I was never a Superman fan, Batman has always been my favorite superhero and because of that I never really had any interest in Superman. Well, I have now finally seen Superman and I am really glad that I did. Superman is a great superhero movie and is a movie that set the bar for superhero films for the rest of time. This film tells the origin story of Superman and I think it was done very well. I thought that this was a very well written movie, it told a great story and had some very cool characters. People who see this movie today may not like it because it's too "campy" but I liked the campiness of this film because it was like an old comic book, which fit the film perfectly since it is a comic book adaptation. This film also has a good amount of drama in it as well and I thought it was done very well. Director Richard Donner did a fantastic job at balancing the campiness and the drama because I was never distracted with either. His style also made it feel as if you were in a comic, overall I just thought he did an incredible job. To me the special effects are just stunning, yeah their dated but for it's time it was a huge achievement. Hell I still think some of those effects look good today. The performances in this movie are just fascinating, every actor was just perfect for the role they were given. Christopher Reeve is just amazing in this film as Clark Kent/Superman, he plays both parts perfectly. One moment he could be the strange Clark Kent and the next he could be the heroic Superman. Reeve will always be known as Superman and that's because of his superb performance in this film. Margot Kidder as Lois Lane was just excellent, what made her performance so great was that you could believe she was this determined reporter but she also had that sexiness to her that made Clark Kent attracted to her. Kidder and Reeve's chemistry with each was just wonderful and so believable. In this film the villain is Lex Luthor who is played superbly by Gene Hackman. Hackman gives a very good performance in this film and is a great villain. You also got Marlon Brando who shows up in the film a couple of times and he's great as always. Oh, you cant forget the classic score by none other than John Williams. Overall Superman is a fantastic film and is a film that I highly recommend seeing!

Identity Thief

Director Seth Gordon surprised many people, including myself, in 2011 with the surprise hit Horrible Bosses. I thought Horrible Bosses was a very funny comedy that was actually pretty clever; so, when I heard he and actor Jason Bateman were teaming up again to do another comedy I got pretty excited. This time around Gordon and Bateman team up with Melissa McCarthy, right there you got a really good director and two great comedic actors. Bateman and McCarthy are even joined by a great supporting cast. The movie has all the ingredients of making a great comedy, so is it a great comedy? Absolutely not. Identity Thief is a huge disappointment considering how much talent was in this movie. Identity Thief is an awful film that didn't make me laugh once and that's Craig Mazin's fault. Mazin was the writer for this film and his screenplay was just dreadful. The story was dumb and clichéd, all the jokes fell flat, and I just didn't care about any of the characters. The only reason why I'm not giving this film half a star is because I may have smiled once or twice at some jokes; but, I did not laugh one single time. I'm not entirely blaming Gordon on how bad this movie this movie is but he could have done something to make it better. Like I mentioned earlier this movie has a great cast but every single actor in this film is wasted. Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are two of the best comedic actors out there right now but they are given nothing to do, neither of them got one laugh out me and that was very disappointing. The supporting cast is impressive but all these talents are completely wasted. Some of those supporting cast members include Jon Favreau, John Cho, Robert Patrick, and even Jonathan Banks from Breaking Bad. Seriously how the hell could this movie have gone so wrong? Oh yeah because of the atrocious screenplay. Overall Identity Thief is just an awful comedy that I would highly recommend skipping.

The Internship

I had very low expectations for The Internship, I just thought it looked stupid because the trailers didn't make me laugh at all. After seeing The Internship I can say that it is you typical, clichéd comedy but I still found it to be enjoyable. If you go into this movie looking for an original comedy than you'll disappointed because you have probably seen this story done thousands of times. The film's story is completely predictable and you probably know what's going to happen just from watching the trailer; but, that wasn't a huge problem for me because a comedy's main purpose is to make the audience laugh and this movie did get me to laugh more than once. Yeah some jokes fall flat but a lot of the other jokes worked and got me to laugh, there were even a few scenes that I thought were hilarious. I thought director Shawn Levy did a decent job at directing the movie but one thing he did annoyed the hell out of me and that's make a two hour commercial for Google. Yes I know this movie is about Google but you don't have to mention it in every single sentence or put Google's name in the background for every scene. As far as acting goes it's pretty decent. I like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson and I thought they did a good job in this movie, they were both pretty funny. They both play the same characters they always do but it worked perfectly for this movie. One thing I enjoyed about this movie is the cameos, there are a few cameos in the movie and each cameo was just great (especially one at the beginning of the movie). The rest of the cast was decent, nothing special. Overall The Internship was an enjoyable comedy in my opinion, lots of people will hate on this movie but there will be a few like me who enjoyed it.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)
½

In 1979, Ridley Scott changed the Sci-Fi genre forever with the film Alien. Alien is one of my all-time favorites and is one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made so when I heard there was going to be a prequel I got very excited. What got me even more excited was the fact that Ridley Scott was returning to direct this prequel. This prequel is now titled Prometheus. When I first saw Prometheus I enjoyed it quite a bit, now that I've seen it a second time I can honestly say that this is a great Sci-Fi film. To me Prometheus is one of the best Sci-Fi films to come out in the last decade, it is a well made film that only has a few problems. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it's not a straight up Alien prequel. At first I was disappointed that it wasn't all about the Xenomorphs but after seeing it a second time I understood the writers goal of trying to do something original. I thought that Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof did a great job at writing the film's script. The film's story was just amazing to me, it was so original and different from all the Sci-Fi movies that come out now a days. I really liked how the story just kept me thinking long after I watched that movie, it just gives you so much to think about. My biggest problem with the film is that I thought there were too many unnecessary characters and that many of them undeveloped and that's the writers fault. They also made some of the dumbest scientists in the world. Ridley Scott does a brilliant job directing this film, he just does a fantastic job a bringing everything together. One thing that no one can deny is that this is film looks absolutely beautiful. Dariusz Wolski's cinematography is stunning and the visual effects are gorgeous. Another thing that makes this film look great is the film's stunning set designs and the amazing costumes. For the most part the acting is fantastic. Noomi Rapace is a great actress and she proves it in this film, to me she was a great female hero. Michael Fassbender is just incredible in this film, you truly believe that he is a robot because of the way he delivers his dialogue and because of all his mannerisms. Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and an unrecognizable Guy Pearce are all great in the film as well. The only person I found to be a weak link is Logan Marshall-Green, I didn't find his character to be likeable and compared to the rest of the cast he just wasn't that good. In the end I found Prometheus to be a great Sci-Fi film, you may or may not enjoy this film but it's definitely worth checking out.

Titanic
Titanic(1997)

James Cameron's Titanic is one of the most successful movies of all-time, it is the second highest grossing film of all-time and it won 11 Oscars including Best Picture in 1998. Just last year it was even re-released in 3D. It has taken me quite some time to finally watch Titanic but now I have finally seen it and I can say that is a very good film. James Cameron is a brilliant filmmaker and he does a terrific job writing and directing this film. Titanic is about the sinking of the Titanic (duh) but it's mainly about two lovers from different classes. To me James Cameron's script was great and written very well. The film's story was just amazing to me, I really got into the story and I actually got emotionally invested into the film. I think I got emotionally invested because of the film's characters, I thought the characters in this film were both well written and portrayed perfectly making me actually care about them. Now there were a few scenes in the movie that felt a bit clichéd and it took me out of the film for a moment. Cameron also does a marvelous job at directing this film, he just has a lot of talent when it comes to directing movies that are on a large scale. Visually this movie stunning. For the time it came out the visual effects were incredible and up to this day they still look pretty damn good. The cinematography was beautiful and made everything look so good. James Horner's score was just amazing and fit the film perfectly. As far as acting goes it's pretty great. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are both terrific in this film and you believe that they are lovers who will do anything for each other. The supporting cast includes Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, and Bernard Hill who all give great performance as well. Overall Titanic is a very good film and is a huge part in the history of film.

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)
½

Going into Side Effects I honestly had no idea what to expect, all I really knew about the film was that it was directed by Steven Soderbergh, it was written by Scott Z. Burns, and it had a very good cast. Side Effects is a film that took me by surprise because it was absolutely brilliant. This is such a well made film where everything worked beautifully. The writing, the directing, the cinematography, and the acting is all magnificent. Now this film is really slow paced but that didn't bother me at all because Scott Z. Burns took time to write a very interesting and detailed story. I was so invested into the film's story because it was just so good, it had a great mystery story going on and to me all the twists worked so well. Another thing that was so good about the film's writing is the dialogue, there is some extremely well written dialogue in this film. To me Scott Z. Burns's script for this movie was just brilliant. Steven Soderbergh is a very talented director and to me this is one of his best films. One thing that I thought was very good about this movie was the way he set up some of his shots, some of the shots in this movie were just so unique and helped tell the story in a very interesting way. Soderbergh always manages to have a great cast for his film's and Side Effects is no exception because the cast for this movie is amazing. The standout performances for this movie are Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Mara portrays so many different emotions in this film and it's just fascinating to watch. As for Law he's just so believable as this man who is determined to find out the truth of this whole situation he's in. The supporting cast include Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum who both give very good performances. Overall Side Effects definitely one of the best films I have seen this year and is a film that I highly recommend seeing.

Jeff Who Lives at Home
½

Jeff, Who Lives at home is an enjoyable comedy/drama but it definitely has it's problems. Jay and Mark Duplass are responsible for the film's script and direction and overall I thought they did a pretty decent job at bringing this movie together. One thing I thought the Duplass brothers did a good job at was writing a pretty good script for the movie. This film has a good amount of humor that works but it also has it's fair share of drama that fit in the film. I really liked how they balanced the film's comedy and drama, to me it never went overboard on either. I did enjoy the film's script quite a bit; but, I did have one issue with it. There is a side story in this movie about Susan Sarandon's character and to me it just felt so out of place and quite silly, it also felt like it was there just to kill time. This isn't necessarily a problem I had with the film but while I was watching this movie it felt as if I were watching a TV show. It's the way the shots were and how the camera's moved and I think that's because of the direction. For the most part the acting I thought the acting was pretty good. To me the best performance in this movie is from Jason Segel, I found him to very likeable in this film and he made feel for his character. I thought Ed Helms was decent, to me it just felt like he was playing Stu again from The Hangover. As for the rest of the cast there just ok, nothing special. Overall I found Jeff, Who Lives at Home to be a good film but nothing that special, this is a film that I would recommend renting if you have nothing to do.

The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption is a marvelous film and is filmmaking at it's best. Everything about this film is just absolutely amazing, to this is a perfect movie on every level. Frank Darabont's script is just incredible, it tells a great story that had me emotionally invested throughout the whole film. There are moments in this movie that were quite depressing but there were also plenty of moments in the movie that made me feel happy and I thought it was all done perfectly because Darabont is magnificent story teller. The Shawshank Redemption's story is one of the greatest story's ever put on screen, it truly is magnificent. Darabont also does a great a great job at writing the film's dialogue and the film's characters. Darabont does an extraordinary job at creating characters that you actually care for and that's what many filmmakers lack now a days. Darabont also does a brilliant job at directing the film, he helps tell the story through his great visuals and manages to get the actors to give the best performances they possible could. Of course Darabont's vision wouldn't have come to life it weren't for Roger Deakins cinematography, Deakins's work is just fascinating because everything just looks so beautiful. Another beautiful thing about this movie is Thomas Newman's score which fit the film perfectly. The performances in this film are just absolutely stunning, the whole cast is just wonderful. Tim Robbins gives a superb performance along with Morgan Freeman, both actors give it their all and it definitely pays of. What works so well about their performances is that they have some great chemistry, they are so amazing when they are on screen together. Bob Gunton and Clancy Brown are the film's antagonists and they are excellent because they made me hate their guts. The rest of the cast is very good and that includes James Whitmore, William Sadler, and Gil Bellows to name a few. Overall The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest films I have ever seen and is a must see, if you haven't seen it than go see it immediately!

Parker
Parker(2013)

Jason Statham is one of the biggest action stars of this generation, he's been in some very good action films but he's also been in a fair share of bad action films. Now he stars in his latest action film, Parker. So is this a good Statham action film or not? Unfortunately it is not, to me Parker is a very bad action film that actually bored me while I was watching it. The main problem that I had with this film was that it took itself way to seriously, when I watch a Jason Statham movie I want to see a fun action movie and that is not what got. I blame both the writing and the directing on the movie taking itself seriously, I do understand that they were trying to be faithful to the novels but it just didn't work for me as a movie goer. John J. McLaughlin's screenplay was just terribly, I already mentioned the story took itself to itself way to seriously but other than that the story was just a mess. Parker is just your typical revenge flick that you've seen many times, it doesn't do anything new with the genre and everything can be seen from a mile a way. I will admit the first fifteen minutes were interesting but after that everything went downhill and that's mainly because of the dialogue and acting. After the opening sequence people other than Jason Statham started to speak there lines and it was just awful. The dialogue was bad enough but most the actors just made it worse. I didn't mind Statham just because he's doing what he normally does. Michael Chiklis plays the films villain and I just couldn't take him seriously, he tried to make everything sound as if were a big deal and it was just laughable. Jennifer Lopez is a beautiful woman but she just isn't that good of an actor, she wasn't good in the movie at all but she was great eye candy. Overall Parker is a very dull action film that I would recommend skipping, go watch Statham in the film Safe instead.

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential is an extremely well made film and is one of the best crime dramas I have ever seen. There is not one thing in this movie that I would change because to me the film is brilliant. At the 1998 Oscars L.A. Confidential took home the award for Best Writing (Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) and it definitely deserved it. Brian Helgeland's and Curtis Hanson's screenplay is just absolutely stunning, everything in the writing is just so damn good. One thing I love about this movie is that it has one big mystery but it also has a lot of drama and it just works perfectly. To me the mystery part of the film was done so well, I never saw were this film was going and each plot twist left me extremely satisfied. The drama to this film was also done very well because it just feels so real and some of that is due to the well written dialogue. The dialogue in this film felt so real when it comes to those dramatic scenes but at times it's also very witty, this movie actually has quite a bit of dark humor which I found to fit the movie perfectly. Another thing that the writing does so well is make you get into all of the main characters, I found all the characters to be fascinating because there all so different from each other. Also what makes the characters so interesting is the performances by the film's cast which I will get to in a bit. You could really tell the Curtis Hanson was passionate about this film because he just did an amazing job at bringing everything together. He did a great job at telling the story, he made you feel as if you were in this time period, and he just did an outstanding job at directing his actors. The acting in this movie is just phenomenal. Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce all give incredible performances along with the great supporting cast which includes Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, and Kim Basinger who won Best Supporting Actress that year as well. Also this film does a great job portraying L.A. in the 50s because all the locations, sets, and costumes were just looked great and helped capture that feeling of L.A. in the 50s. Oh and you cant forget the music, both the soundtrack and Jerry Goldsmith's score fit the film beautifully. Overall L.A. Confidential is an excellent film and is one I highly recommend seeing!

Chinatown
Chinatown(1974)

Roman Polanski's Chinatown is an excellent film noir and is one of the greatest films ever put on screen. Everything is just so damn good in this movie because everything is done to perfection. To me the best thing about this movie is Robert Towne's script. Towne's script is one of the best written scripts in the history of cinema because it's just so brilliant. The film's story is one of the greatest ever told, it is a fantastic mystery that had me guessing throughout the entire film and as it went on it kept surprising me. This film can also be a drama and the dramatic scenes in this film are so raw and powerful, it's just truly incredible how spectacular this script is. Towne's script also has some sharp and clever dialogue that sounds so cool coming out of the actors mouth (mainly Nicholson's character). Roman Polanski does a magnificent job bringing Towne's script to life because he films the movie as if it were a film noir in the 40s and 50s and is just added something extra to the film. Well, I guess he would have to shoot it that way since this is a film noir. The performances are all great but everyone knows that the standout performance here is from Jack Nicholson. Nicholson just knocks it out of the park because you truly believe he is his character. Also great in this movie is the beautiful Faye Dunaway who plays a very mysterious woman. Another thing that is truly amazing in this movie is the set designs and costume designs, this film takes place in the 30s and the set/costume designs truly capture the look of the L.A. in the 30s. Also capturing that 30s feeling is Jerry Goldsmith's score which is astonishing. Overall Chinatown is a classic film that everyone should see at one point in there life.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

Martin Scorsese has proved time and time again that he is one of the best filmmakers of all-time and it does it once more with 2006's The Departed. The Departed is a terrific film that has everything you would look for in a great movie. Great writing? Check. Great directing? Check. Great performances? Check. Let me go a little more in depth into each of those categories. First off the screenplay that was written by William Monahan is just absolutely incredible. The story is just brilliant and it's told in a very satisfying way because a story like this could have been told very poorly. Every plot twist in this movie surprised me and had me very satisfied. This film also has one of the craziest endings I've ever seen. Another thing that was great about the film writing was the film's dialogue, the dialogue actually sounded as if it were real life because it's just what you would hear out of people today. Scorsese has always done a magnificent job at telling a story and he helps Monahan's screenplay come to life. One thing Scorsese did a great job at was creating suspense, there were so many scenes in this movie were I was at the edge of my seat. Another thing Scorsese does a good job at is pacing the movie because the film is two and a half hours long but it never feels like the film is dragging or going by slow. As fast as acting goes it's truly stunning. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon both give some of the best performances of their career, they are both incredible actors who have given many great performances but their performances in this movie are just standout. They are joined by a knockout supporting cast which includes Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen. Overall The Departed is another Scorsese classic that I highly recommend.

The Hangover Part III
½

Warner Bros. hit big in 2009 when they released The Hangover, a film that got great reactions from both critics and audiences alike and did very well at the box office. In 2011 they tried to hit that same amount of success with The Hangover Part II, a sequel that didn't receive that good of reviews but did quite well at the box office. Now in 2013 the Wolfpack returns for a third time in The Hangover Part III. The Hangover Part III is suppose to be the final film of The Hangover franchise. Going into The Hangover Part III I wasn't really sure what to expect because it was another Hangover sequel and they've already done the same exact thing twice and now they're trying something different. Coming out of it I had mixed feelings about the movie, it had some good things about it but at the same time it had quite a bit of things that didn't work. The main problem I had with this movie is the same problem I had with the second movie and that it the writing. I liked how the writers tried something new by creating a different story but they could have done it in a much better way than they had. To me they tried to make the movie a little bit more serious than the previous films and it just didn't work. When I see a Hangover movie I expect to see a goofy and funny movie, not some sort of crime thriller. Just like the second movie there are some funny moments but it's just not as consistent as the original. As far as acting goes it's still pretty good. To me Ken Jeong gave the best performance because I just think he was the funniest out of all of them and I've always like his character. The newest member of this franchise is John Goodman and I thought he was fine for what he was given, I would have like to see a lot more of him though because he's really not in it that much. Overall The Hangover Part III is another disappointing sequel but is a movie I still find to be somewhat enjoyable.

The Hangover Part II
½

In 2009 The Hangover became a surprise hit and made a good amount of money at the box office. With the success that the original had Warner Bros. decided that they could take advantage of that success and do it again by making a sequel, now known as The Hangover Part II. Many fans of the original were extremely disappointed with the sequel and absolutely hated it but not me. No it's not a good movie what so ever but I didn't find it to be as dreadful as everyone else. The biggest flaw this movie has is that it is a total rehash of the original and the filmmakers really didn't care that much about the story and were mostly just in it for the money. The entire story is exactly the same as the original, I mean if you were to play both movies at the same time they would probably be parallel to each other. Unlike the first movie a lot of the humor didn't quite hit the mark and it just wasn't that funny at times. There is still some pretty good humor in the film at times but it's just not as consistent as it was in the first movie. All your favorite characters return for this sequel and I still found them to be likeable due to the good performances by the film's cast members. Overall The Hangover Part II is just a total rehash of the original but I still found it to be somewhat enjoyable.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

In 2009 Todd Philip's The Hangover surprised just about everybody, it received high praise from both audiences and critics alike and it also did quite well at the box office. To me The Hangover is one of the best comedies I have ever seen, what makes it so great is that it was original and not your average comedy. The writing to this movie is very good because it has a great story along with some fantastic humor. Like I said earlier the film's story is original, four guys get trashed one night and end up losing one of their friends so now they have to find out what happened the night before. I just really liked the whole idea of these guys having to find out what happened the night before without the viewer actually seeing what happened until the end of the movie. Of course to have a great comedy you need to have great humor and boy does this movie pack the laughs. All the jokes worked perfectly, I was laughing nonstop from the beginning to the end. One thing that really brought a lot of the laughs to the movie was once again the film's story, the story was just so unique and made a brilliant idea for a comedy. The characters in this movie were also well written and were all portrayed perfectly. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis all gave terrific performances along with a really good supporting cast which includes none other than Mike Tyson. Overall The Hangover is a brilliant comedy and is definitely worth checking out!

Fast & Furious 6
½

Six movie, who would have thought that the Fast and Furious series would have gotten to six movies? As a fan of the franchise I was really looking forward to Fast & Furious 6 and after seeing it I can happily say it did not let down. Fast & Furious 6 is an awesome ride and somehow manages to be bigger than Fast Five in every single way. Chris Morgan returns as the writer once again after writing the previous three films and he writes another good script. The story is very good and highly entertaining, to me the movie never slowed down nor did it have a dull moment. This movie also does a very good job at providing a lot of humor that actually worked and made me laugh. Once again all the cast members from the previous films return and they are all great. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are great as always in the lead roles and Dwayne Johnson is as awesome as he was in Fast Five. The rest of the cast include Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and Gal Gadot who all give very good performances. The newest additions to the cast this time around is Luke Evans as the film's villain and Gina Corano as Johnson's partner. Evans is great as the films villain and probably the best villain this franchise has seen (so far *wink wink*). As for Corano she's decent, her acting isn't great but she sure can kick some ass and look great while doing it. If you thought the action in Fast Five was big wait til you see this movie! The action in this movie is just stunning and all the action sequences are directed to perfection. I'm really disappointed that director Justin Lin wont be returning for Fast & Furious 7 but I'm interested to see what James Wan will bring to the table. Back to the action, all the chases, shootouts, and fist fights are all done very well and the stunt work is just amazing. Overall Fast & Furious 6 is an awesome summer blockbuster that fans of the series can enjoy along with fans of the action genre.

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)
½

Fast Five is the fifth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Let me say that one more time, it is the FIFTH installment in this franchise. Shocking isn't it? I've enjoyed all the previous Fast and Furious movie (except Tokyo Drift) and I was looking forward to seeing what Fast Five could do with having everyone from all the previous movies in it including the addition of Dwayne Johnson. Well, all I can say that Fast Five is flat out awesome. Everything is done very well in this movie making it one of the best action movies in recent memory. All the Fast and Furious movies have it's problems but in my opinion they are all well made action movies and Fast Five is definitely the best out of them all. Chris Morgan's script is actually pretty well written, not only do you have a Fast and Furious movie but you also have a very good heist movie. The story to this movie was just great and took you on a very entertaining ride, also the dialogue for this movie was actually pretty good. All the actors and their characters are just as loveable as they were in the previous films and all give some good performances. The newest addition to this franchise is Dwayne Johnson and he fits perfectly, he is just magnificent as this badass agent and the fight scene between him and Vin Diesel is just awesome! The action sequences are so much bigger than they were in the previous films and they are extremely well done. After this movie I know look at Justin Lin as one of the best directors for the action genre because all the action sequences are just incredible, especially the ending action sequences. Overall Fast Five is a magnificent action film and a film that will please just about anyone.

Fast & Furious

After the disappointing The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Justin Lin returns to direct the fourth installment and this time he does it just right because he brings the franchise back it's roots by brining back the original cast members from the first installment. I think the first Fast and Furious movie was a great movie with characters that I care about and now that they brought back those characters it makes another very good movie. The problem I had with the previous two installments (2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift) was that the stories didn't interest me as much as the original; but, this time around writer Chris Morgan does a very good job at telling a story that I found to be very interesting. Although the story has it's flaws and it's clichés it's still a very well told story in my opinion and it never get's boring. Acting wise this film isn't the greatest of course but it's very good and works perfectly for these types of movie. Fan favorite Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return and they both give great performances just as they did in the original. Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster return as well and both give good performances as well. As for the action sequences in this film they are done very well. The action is bigger than the previous films and it just looks great, the stunt work is incredible and when it's shown on screen it is so entertaining. Overall Fast and Furious is a great addition to the franchise and definitely makes up for Tokyo Drift.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
½

I'm all for big and stupid action movies and that's why I love the Fast and Furious franchise; but, when a movie is as dumb and stupid as The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift you can definitely count me out. Justin Lin's first attempt at directing a Fast and Furious movie just didn't work for, I don't necessarily blame him for this film being as bad as it is because I mostly blame the writing and acting. The two things I enjoyed most about this movie was the well filmed chases/races and Sung Kang's performance. The action in this movie were actually very good due to Lin's decent directing and the movie's incredible stunts. I also enjoyed Sung Kang's performance because it was actually somewhat decent and there's something about him that just makes him likeable. Other than those two things this movie was actually pretty awful. Chris Morgan's script for this movie was just absolutely dreadful. The story is basically The Karate Kid with cars except the story was a bad and the dialogue was appalling. In the previous two Fast and Furious movies I actually liked all the actors and the characters they played but when it comes to Tokyo Drift I don't like any of them except Kang. Lucas Black Nathalie Kelley, and Bow Wow all gave some crappy performances. Overall Tokyo Drift is a poorly made Fast and Furious movie, I still think if you a fan of the series you should see it even though many people will be split on liking it or hating it.

2 Fast 2 Furious

The Fast and The Furious franchise continues with John Singleton's sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. Even though I don't think this movie is as good as it's predecessor I still think that it's a decent and entertaining sequel. I don't expect fantastic writing from these movies but I think the writing is the reason why I didn't like it as much as the original. The script is still somewhat decent but the story just wasn't as interesting as The Fast and The Furious and at times the dialogue could be pretty awful. I guess in every Fast and Furious movie there is some pretty bad dialogue but in this movie I just thought some of it was pretty damn bad. Paul Walker returns for this sequel and he's still very good as Brian O'Conner but this time he is joined by Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, and Ludacris. I thought Tyrese Gibson was a very good addition to the franchise because he and Paul Walker had some good chemistry, Eva Mendes and Ludacris give good performances as well. Director John Singleton does a good job at directing all the action sequences and the stunt work is all done very well making the action scenes very entertaining. Overall 2 Fast 2 Furious is a decent sequel and would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the previous Fast and Furious film.

The Fast and the Furious

Lets be honest, The Fast and The Furious movies aren't the greatest but they are so damn entertaining. I understand why people don't like these types movies but to me they are just so much fun and it's hard to believe that it all started in 2001 with Rob Cohen's The Fast and The Furious. To The Fast and The Furious is a very entertaining action movie, sure the writing and the acting isn't the best in the world but it works for films like these. The story for this film is basically the same as Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break but I still enjoyed the story a lot. I thought that it worked very well even though it wasn't written that great because it was simple and entertaining. One thing that actually thought the writers did a good job on is creating some very interesting a cool characters which is pretty surprising. All the actors in this movie do a good job at portraying their characters, especially Vin Diesel and Paul Walker who both gave very good performances in my opinion. Now the main reason why people like these movies and go see them is for the action and it is done very well. Rob Cohen does a very good job at directing all of the races, chases, and other action sequences because they all look good when shown on screen and very entertaining. Overall The Fast and The Furious is a very entertaining action movie and is a film I would recommend to anyone looking for a mindless action film.

Mama
Mama(2013)

Let's face it, the horror genre is probably the weakest genre of films. Horror films are easy to make because most of them are all the same and follow the same procedures, the only reason why they make so much money is because of it's appeal to younger audience who go to the theaters to hopefully get a good scare. Now over the past few years there have been some very well made horror films such as the very successful Paranormal Activity (the first), The Cabin in the Woods, and Sinister just to name a few. Mama is a horror film that has a lot potential to be a very good but in the end it fails due to some sloppy story telling, clichéd scares, and some awful CGI. I will admit the film had a some what interesting story going for it and had some interesting aspects and story lines but in the end it's just not justified due to sloppy writing and your usual horror clichés. Another aspect of this film that I enjoyed was the acting which was probably the best thing about this movie. Jessica Chastain, who is a very talented actress, is good in this movie even though she usually gives much better performances from this one. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Daniel Kash both give decent performances along with Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse who are pretty good for being child actors. As far as the movie being horror movie it's really not that scary. This movie is just so clichéd with it's scares and really does nothing new with the genre. Also the filmmakers try to make "Mama" this scary creature but it's not scary because of the CGI. The CGI for this creature is just horrible and not scary what so ever, I think the movie would have had a better impact if the filmmakers went with practical effects. Overall Mama is a poorly made horror film that had some potential, this is a horror film that I wouldn't really recommend to anyone.

Lethal Weapon
½

Lethal Weapon is a very entertaining action movie but to me it's not a great 80s action movie, to me it's just a typical 80s action movie. There are some fantastic 80s action movies but Lethal Weapon is just not one of them to me. The one thing that stopped me from thinking this was a great movie is the story of the movie. We've seen this story a thousand times and it has all the clichés of an action movie. I'm saying that that's necessarily a bad thing but it's the only thing stopping it from being a great movie to me. Even though the story isn't the greatest, Shane Black's writing is still pretty good. Black creates this great relationship between these two very different cops and it just works so well, especially when you have Mel Gibson and Danny Glover portraying these cops. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are easily the best thing about this movie to me because they just have amazing chemistry together. Both of their performances are just great in my opinion. This movie also has some very good action scenes that were well shot and very entertaining. Overall Lethal Weapon is a good action movie that I would recommend to anyone whose a fan of the action genre.

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is the directorial debut of Shane Black, the creator of the Lethal Weapon franchise. He's already proved himself to be a good writer; but, can he pull of directing as well? The answer to that is a very strong yes because Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a brilliant film that is well written, directed, and acted. Shane Black's screenplay for this movie is just amazing, his writing created some very interesting and unique characters while also providing a very strong story. What makes Black such a great director/writer is that he manages to bring all these different genres into one movie and it just works so well. Most movies that try to attempt more than one genre don't do that well but Black is one of those few directors who can pull it off. He can also get his actors to pull of some pretty incredible performances because the acting in this movie is spectacular. Robert Downey Jr. is just fantastic in this movie, he's funny when he needs to be funny and he's serious when he needs to be serious. Downey is just one of the best actors out there right now and this is definitely of his greatest performances. Another great performance in this movie is from Val Kilmer, Kilmer hasn't really done much recently or before this movie but Black manages to get him to give of the best performances he's given in recent memory. Michelle Monaghan is also very good in this movie proving that she is one of the best working actresses out there right now. One more thing to add is that John Ottman's score to this movie is brilliant and fit the film perfectly. Overall Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is Shane Black's masterpiece and is a film that I would highly recommend!

Oblivion
Oblivion(2013)
½

To me Oblivion is a an awful Sci-fi adventure film that is just a complete mess. I will admit that I liked a few things about this movie but in the end the movie's just brought down as hole due to the horrible writing and directing. First off I thought both Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman were fine in their roles, they are both great actors and give good performances but are given nothing to work with. Other than Cruise and Freeman none of the actors give a good performance. Another thing I enjoyed about this movie is the visual effects and cinematography, I mean this is a very good looking film. The action in the movie isn't terrible but it certainly isn't anything special, one reason why I found the action scenes to be somewhat entertaining is due to the great visual effects and the terrific sound effects. Now it may sound that I thought this wasn't that bad of a movie but I really didn't like it that much due to the film's story. I just found the story to be so stupid and poorly handled. To me the first forty minutes of the film was so boring because nothing was really going on and I had little interest; but, at the beginning of the second half I started to think the film was going to pick itself up but I was terrible wrong. The film reveals it's bit twist and I found it to be very stupid and that's when I finally lost all interest in the story and was just hoping for some big action scene. The writing was already bad enough but Joseph Kosinski's directing doesn't help the film at all because he does absolutely nothing to make the film better. Overall Oblivion was just not a film for me and is one that I would not recommend seeing, some people may enjoy it but not me.

Broken City
Broken City(2013)

Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe are both great actors and you would think that if they would be in a movie together it would be good, right? Well, not if the movie's Broken City. Broken City is an awful crime thriller that only has the performances of Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe to save it from being one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe are far from there best in this movie but both actors give decent performances. The only reason why both actors aren't at there best in this movie is because that had nothing to work with. I mean the directing was just terrible and the writing was just atrocious. This film does nothing new what so ever, I mean you could watch the trailer for this movie and you would already be able to guess how this movie would go. Director Allen Hughes just does a dreadful job at directing this movie because he has no idea what he's doing, I mean you can tell that all the actors are acting because when they read they're dialogue they do it with no emotion. Another thing that was pretty bad about this movie is the editing which was just so sloppy at times. Other than Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe none of the actors give good performances, not even Catherine Zeta-Jones who literally has nothing to do in this film other than to show up for a few scenes and just talk for like a minute. Overall Broken City is a very poorly made movie that I would not recommend what so ever!

A Haunted House
½

In 2000 Scary Movie started the trend of spoofs that made fun of the horror genre and since then none of them have really been successful. To me the only good horror spoofs are Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2, other than that none of them have been good. Fast forward thirteen years later and we now get A Haunted House which makes fun of movies including the very successful Paranormal Activity franchise and the film The Devil Inside. The trailers make it look like a very stupid spoof and that's just what it is. This movie was just horrible and at times could be painfully unfunny. I will admit there were some parts of the movie that made me chuckle and maybe one time where I actually laughed out loud. Other than those few scenes this movie was just so unfunny, I mean this movie relies on poop/fart jokes and raunchy humor to create humor and when the comedy is attempted it just fails miserably. Saying that I am also saying that this movie was just horrible written and directed. The cast really doesn't do that much but I will say that Cedric The Entertainer was the best part of the cast considering he made me laugh more than once. Overall A Haunted House is a horrible comedy and is a movie that I wouldn't recommend to people.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)
½

In 2008 the first Iron Man was released and surprised many people including me. To me Iron Man was a great superhero movie and one of the best superhero movies made. A couple years later Iron Man 2 was released and it wasn't received as well as the first movie, some people liked it and others not so much. In my opinion I thought Iron Man 2 was a very good sequel but nothing compared to the first. Iron Man started something in 2008 and that was Phase One of the Avengers and in 2012 The Avengers was released and was a monster hit. Fast forward a year later and Phase Two starts with Iron Man 3, a movie that I have been highly anticipating. This time around you have Shane Black who is writing and directing it and a few new members too the cast. Many people have been excited for this movie; but, does it live up to the hype? Well, in my opinion I thought it did, Iron Man 3 is a brilliant movie that is a blast from start to finish. Shane Black does a fantastic job writing/directing this movie. Although I had a few problems with some plot points and plot holes the story as a whole I thought was very good, it had it's twists and turns and just kept on surprising me. Another thing that worked with Black's writing/directing is the humor, this movie just kept on pumping out some hilarious dialogue. I might even say that this is the funniest movie to come out this year so far. Many people complained that Iron Man 2 didn't have much action and to those people I can say that you will be satisfied with Iron Man 3's action. The action scenes in this movie are epic and so fun to watch, what makes the action look so good is the visual effects which look incredible. Acting is great of course, Robert Downey Jr. is terrific as always and the supporting cast is great which includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, and Ben Kingsley who is just awesome as The Mandarin. The only complaints I have for Iron Man 3 is that some parts of the story just felt a bit rushed and Rebecca Hall and her character didn't have much to do. Overall Iron Man 3 is an awesome ride from start to finish, if you a fan of Iron Man or superhero films definitely check this one out.

Marvel's The Avengers

In 2008, Marvel started Phase One of The Avengers with Iron Man. Fast forward four years later and four more movies were made; The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Now I find all of those movies to be very enjoyable and are all well made films but ever since the end credit in Iron Man I was just so anticipated to see all these heroes on screen together. After waiting for four years I finally got what I wanted and one word describes it perfectly, awesome. Is this a perfect movie? No but it is made very well and it's just an awesome experience. Joss Whedon is now a god because of this movie, he created the ultimate geek movie and did it the right way. Whedon writes a brilliant screenplay that is not your typical blockbuster script. Yeah the movie has some amazing action sequences but it also has a very good story, terrific dialogue and comedic moments, and some very well written characters that all have their moment to shine. Whedon also does a very good job at directing the film because he knows how to handle a movie like this and create tension between this group of superheroes who don't know how to back down from each other. What makes this movie so fun is that it never has a dull moment, the action is just breathtaking and even when there is no action it's still very entertaining. The visual effects are stunning and some of the best in recent memory. Another thing that works perfectly for this movie is Alan Silvestri's magnificent score, it fits the movie perfectly because it's just so heroic. Last but not least is the acting which is great all-around. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Mark Ruffalo are all great as the main heroes along with the amazing supporting cast which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, and Colbie Smulders. Tom Hiddleston is also incredible as Loki, to me he is one of the best villains ever put on screen in cinema history. Overall The Avengers is an awesome movie that should be seen by almost anyone because it is a blast from start to finish.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

After Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro team up again to bring us another cinematic masterpiece. Raging Bull is yet another masterpiece by director Martin Scorsese, everything is done flawlessly in my eyes. Two of Scorsese's previous writers, Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) and Mardik Martin (Mean Streets), write the movie's script and it truly is a brilliant script. The story is truly remarkable, the dialogue is fantastic, and the characters are just so realistic and that's one of the main reasons why the story works. One of the reasons why the story is so effective is because it's grounded in reality, you could believe this could happen and that works out for the best because this story actually did happen. Scorsese does another brilliant job at directing this movie, the one thing Scorsese does the best is directing the actors because all his movie's are character driven and he always manages to get his actors to give incredible performances. Robert De Niro gives a spectacular performance as Jake LaMotta and is one of the best performances of his career. The supporting cast is fantastic which includes great performances from Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty. One thing that I find very cool about this movie is that it's shot almost entirely in black and white and I thought that added a lot of the realism in the movie. The cinematography was just so beautiful and unique because it was shot in black and white, plus the boxing scenes in this movie were well filmed and choreographed. One last thing, the score to this movie is just brilliant and beautiful. Overall Raging Bull is a marvelous film and is yet another Scorsese classic.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver is a phenomenal film that will always be known as one of the best films ever made in the history of cinema. What makes this movie so incredible is that everything is done perfectly from Scorsese's magnificent directing to Robert De Niro's jaw dropping performance. Taxi Driver's story is just truly stunning, it's a story about a mentally unstable Vietnam vet and it's just told in an incredible way due to Paul Schrader's brilliant script and Scorsese's marvelous directing. What makes Schrader's script one of the best written scripts in the history of cinema is that it has an excellent story, incredibly written dialogue, and characters that the audience actually care about and characters that you see change over time. Scorsese does a ravishing job at directing this movie and truly does add something incredible to every movie he does. The cast in this movie is spectacular but the best performance by far is Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle. De Niro pulls of a fantastic performance because he became this mentally unstable war vet and it's just spectacular to watch. The cinematography is beautiful and every shot is great to look at and it goes perfectly with Bernard Herrmann's amazing score. Overall Taxi Driver is a cinematic masterpiece that must be seen by all film lovers.

Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain(2013)
½

Right now Michael Bay is probably one of the most hated directors there is right now, many people simply do not like his style of filmmaking. Many people enjoy his earlier films but are not fans of his latest films like the Transformers trilogy. Personally I like Bay as a director so I was looking forward to Pain & Gain. Although Pain & Gain is not as good as it could have been it is still a somewhat enjoyable film. The strongest part of this movie to me is the acting. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie give some very good performances in my opinion even though they don't play likeable characters. In the supporting cast you got Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, and Rob Corddry who all give good performances as well. Another aspect of this film that I enjoyed was Bay's directing, many do not like his style which includes lots of bright colors and slow-mo shots but personally I like his style a lot. This movie could have been something a lot better because I liked the acting and the directing and the one thing that just didn't do it for me was the writing. The story to me was just so messy, it had some good parts that had me invested but some parts would just feel rushed and sloppy. About three fourths of the way through the movie I slowly started to lose interest in the story. Also most of the movie's humor didn't quite work for me because it was mostly just jokes that made me chuckle. Overall Pain & Gain is a decent film that I would recommend to Bay fans, if your not a fan of Bay's movies than skip it because it wont change your opinion.

Mean Streets
Mean Streets(1973)
½

Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets is a great crime drama and was a great start to Scorsese's career. Scorsese just directs this movie so well and does a very good job at balancing out some of the film's humor and the film's heavy drama. He also does a fantastic job at directing the story and telling it the right way, sure this movie got slow at some points but I never stopped paying attention because I was invested with the story. Speaking of the story that brings me to Scorsese's and Mardik Martin's screenplay. The writing to this movie was just incredible, the film has a very good story along with some incredibly written dialogue. All the characters in this film are written perfectly and are portrayed perfectly by the film's fantastic actors. Harvey Keitel gives a magnificent performance as Charlie; but, the real star of the film here is Robert De Niro who knocks it out of the park as Johnny Boy. The supporting cast is great as well which includes Amy Robinson, David Proval, Richard Romanus, and Cesare Danova. Mean Streets is the film that brought Scorsese and De Niro together and was a huge boost for both of their careers. The film's cinematography has a very interesting look to it and it works perfectly for the film. Another thing that fits this movie perfectly is the music. Overall Mean Streets is a very well made crime drama that should definitely be seen.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)
½

J.J. Abrams's Star Trek is an amazing movie and is one of the best Sci-Fi movies of the decade. Now before I take about this film I have to say I've never been a Star Trek fan, growing up I was always a Star Wars fan and had no interest in Star Trek. After seeing Star Trek I can honestly say that this is a great movie, everything just works so well in this film. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's screenplay was very good, the story had me intrigued throughout the whole movie and also had characters that I cared about. Another great thing about this film is J.J. Abrams directing because he just does a magnificent job putting this film all together. The visual effects for this movie are just astonishing and some of the best I've ever seen. The acting in this movie is also very good and does not have a weak link. Chris Pine is terrific as James Kirk and Zachary Quinto is great as Spock. The supporting cast is also very good which includes Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Geenwood, and Eric Bana. Overall Star Trek is a magnificent film that can be enjoyed by Star Trek fans and the people who don't know a thing about Star trek.

Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann's version of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet is a film that I would call a beautiful mess. What I mean by that is the film looks great but overall everything else just isn't that good. First off I'll talk about the few things I did enjoy, which is the cinematography and some of the performances. The cinematography just looks incredible, everything about it is just beautiful and unique. Another thing that I enjoyed was some of the performances, specifically Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes who I thought were good for the role's and had decent chemistry. Other than those two things I really didn't like that much. At the start of the film I thought it would be decent but as the film went on I kept losing interest in it. I also thought the style of the film wasn't done that well, before the watching the movie I thought a more modern take on Romeo and Juliet would be cool but it just wasn't executed the right way because most of it was just over the top. Overall Romeo + Juliet just didn't do it for me, if you plan on seeing it I recommend just skipping it because it's basically a two hour music video.

Chronicle
Chronicle(2012)
½

Chronicle is a very unique movie that combines found footage and superpowers and the combination works great. Found footage is mostly used for horror movies and what I liked about this movie is that it tried something new with the genre and it just made everything a lot more interesting to me. I thought that this movie was written very well because it had an original story that had me invested and some very interesting characters that develop throughout the story. Another reason why the characters are actually interesting is because they are portrayed perfectly by the actors that play them. Dane DeHaan is the star of the film to me because he gives an incredible performance, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan also give great performances but not nearly as good as DeHaan's. The directing for this film was also very good and the special effects were great. Overall Chronicle is a great film that I highly recommend seeing!

The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines is a magnificent experience and is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I don't think I have ever seen a movie as powerful as The Place Beyond the Pines, I cared so much for each of these characters and whenever something bad would happen I'd get very sad and even teared up during a couple of scenes. The writing for this movie is just amazing. The story takes you on this emotional journey and never lets you go, even when the film ended I just kept thinking about it because the story was just that powerful. Derek Cianfrance directed this movie and helped write it and he just does an incredible job, he really knew how to craft this movie and use his actors to their full potential. He also knows how to shoot this movie because the cinematography is just gorgeous. The acting in this movie is just terrific. Ryan Gosling gives one of the best performances of his career and Bradley Cooper gives the best performance of his career (so far). Eva Mendes also gives a great performance along with up and coming actor Dane DeHaan. The whole supporting cast is fantastic which includes Ben Mendelsohn, Emory Cohen, and Ray Liotta. Overall The Place Beyond the Pines is the best film I have seen over the last couple of years and is an unforgettable experience, definitely check this movie out!

The Watch
The Watch(2012)
½

A poorly made comedy that has a terrible script and wastes a lot of talent. To me Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill are all funny actors but they are just wasted in this film and barley do anything. The main issue I had with this film is that the script was just horrible, most of the jokes were just awful and not funny and the story was just dumb. I don't expect a great story from a comedy but this story was just so stupid and could have been much better. Akiva Schaffer from the band Lonely Island directs this movie and he does a pretty bad job at directing it, he should just stick with music. Overall The Watch is a forgettable comedy and is a film that I wouldn't recommend.

Blue Valentine

A very good drama which had me emotionally invested due to Derek Cianfrance's terrific storytelling and the amazing performances by the two leads of the film. Derek Cianfrance tells a great story about a relationship that is falling apart and he does it in a way that most directors cant do today because he got me to care about these characters. This is a very depressing movie and that isn't necessarily a bad thing because it's saying that this movie actually made me care about what was going on with these characters, at one moment I would be happy and the next I would actually feel a bit depressed. Cianfrance's directing is just terrific because he just makes every shot look so interesting and some of that is also due to the cinematography which looked incredible. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are just incredible in this movie and are one of the main reasons why most of the scenes were as powerful as they were. My main issues I had with the film is that at certain points the film started to slow down a bit for me and some of the side plots just felt unnecessary to me. Overall Blue Valentine is a very powerful drama that should be seen just for it's terrific performances and it's great storytelling. If you plan on picking this movie out for a "date night" with your loved one don't because this is not a movie you would want to watch if your in a happy relationship.

Evil Dead
Evil Dead(2013)
½

Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead to me is a stupid, poorly done horror movie that tried to be something that it wasn't and that is a great horror movie. Now I love Sam Raimi's original trilogy and I was interested in seeing this new Evil Dead movie because Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell was producing it so I thought that it could actually be a good remake. Well, I was wrong because I did not enjoy this movie at all. My two biggest complaints about this movie is that the writing and acting was just terrible to me. I was never really interested in the story and the characters were just so annoying to me, they were basically just meat for the grinder. Also this movie wasn't scary at all, it was just trying to shock the audience with it's gruesome kills which weren't even that cool or original. I will give the film credit for basically having all practical effects because it was good to see a horror film that isn't just CGI and actually have the blood and gore look real. Overall Evil Dead just didn't do it for me and was a disappointment. Fans of the original movie and horror fans may enjoy this but I didn't so I'd say if you want to see this movie than just wait for rental.

Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park is a stunning film and is one of Spielberg's greatest films. Everything about this movie just works perfectly and that's why Jurassic Park is one of the greatest blockbusters ever made. The movie's screenplay is terrific and has a very smart story that had me invested throughout the whole movie and some very likeable characters. For it's time this movie had topnotch visual effects and twenty years later they still look great, at times the effects look dated but overall they still look great and are even better than some movies made today. I have seen this movie a hundred times but every time I see it it's still as suspenseful as it was the first time. Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum all give magnificent performances along with the rest of this talented cast. Overall Jurassic Park is one of my favorites and will always be a classic to me, if you haven't already seen it definitely check it out.

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness is the third entry in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series and is another fantastic horror movie. What makes this movie so different from the first two Evil Dead movies is that it takes place in 1300 A.D. which created a really cool and interesting story. Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi have written a great movie that has a very good story and some very hilarious scenes. The horror/action is on a much bigger scale this time and it is done perfectly. Of course the effects are still great this time around but one of the best things about this movie is by far Bruce Campbell. Campbell is at his best in this movie and is just flat out awesome because he is just so bad-ass and hilarious. Overall Army of Darkness is another awesome horror movie that will forever be a classic like the first two.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Evil Dead II is yet another horror classic in my eyes and is one hell of a ride. Sam Raimi does another fantastic job at writing a very fun story that had me laughing at some parts but would have me scared at other parts. Raimi's directing style is still very unique and cool to look at. Bruce Campbell returns as Ash and this time around I think that he did even better than he did in the original. Bruce Campbell is just absolutely great as Ash and is just so funny and entertaining in this role. The practical effects are still great which adds to the creepiness of the film. Overall The Evil Dead II is a great sequel and is another horror classic!

The Evil Dead

Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is a horror classic and is definitely one of my all-time favorites in the horror genre. Does this movie has it's problems? Yes it does, but this movie is just so entertaining that it's easy to look past it's flaws. Writer/director Sam Raimi just does an incredible job at crafting this movie, the story is well told and his directing style for this movie is just so unique. For a 1981 horror film I have to say that this movie actually scared me a bit, I just found some parts in this movie to be very creepy. The film's practical effects are amazing and is one of the reasons why I found this movie to be scary. Bruce Campbell is great as Ash and is one of the reasons why I love this movie. The rest of the cast is fine but nothing special. Overall The Evil Dead is must see for horror fans and is one of best of the horror genre.

Killing Them Softly
½

A good crime drama that is very well made but in the it could have been much better. This movie had potential to be a great film and for awhile it looked that way but in the end it just doesn't use its full potential. Andrew Dominik does a very good job at writing and directing the movie and does a good job at telling the story but there were a few times that I thought were a bit dragged out and some scenes that I just thought were unnecessary. The story was good and had me invested but it some parts off the story were just done poorly in my opinion. One of the best things about this movie is the way this movie was shot, the cinematography was just beautiful. Brad Pitt and Scott McNairy both give terrific performances and are the true stars of the movie. The supporting cast is also good which includes Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, and James Gandolfini. Overall Killing Them Softly is a good film that I think should be seen even though not everyone will like it.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

A very forgettable action movie that has potential but ultimately falls flat. The Rock is likeable as Roadblock and some of the action scenes are entertaining but other than that nothing else really worked. The story felt more like a G.I. Joe story but I just thought it was written poorly so I wasn't really into it. Other than The Rock none of the actors give good performances, I found most of the Joe's to be annoying and Bruce Willis basically just shows up to get a quick paycheck. This movie is CGI heavy and it didn't look good in my opinion, in addition to that the post converted 3D was terrible and made my eyes hurt (they still hurt as I am writing this). Overall G.I. Retaliation wasn't awful but not good either, if you plan on seeing this one than wait for DVD or Blu-Ray so you can rent it and save your money.

Spring Breakers
½

An incredible experience, so far Spring Breakers is the best movie I've seen from the year 2013. Harmony Korine does a fantastic job writing and directing this movie, his directing style is very unique and his writing created this terrific story that had me invested throughout the entire movie. The performances by the leading actresses are good in this movie but the strong point of the acting is definitely James Franco. Franco is just stunning in this film because he just transforms into this crazy gangster/rapper, to me this his best performance yet. Everything else in this movie just worked perfectly for me. The music, the editing, the cinematography, all of it was just great. This movie is definitely not for everyone but I still recommend seeing it because it's just so different from most of the films that come out today.

Olympus Has Fallen
½

A really fun action movie that has some awesome action sequences that are done very well and uses its R rating to the fullest. Gerard Butler is really good as this kick-ass hero, Morgan Freeman is great as always, and Aaron Eckhart is good even though he is given very little to do. The film's biggest flaws is that the story is written very poorly and is very clichéd and the effects in this movie are just terrible, I mean all the air vehicles look like they would be in a video game. Overall I had a lot of fun with Olympus Has Fallen and is more of a Die Hard film than A Good Day To Die Hard, if your a fan of these types of movies or a fan of the Die Hard franchise than check this one out!

Sinister
Sinister(2012)

Sinister is a great example of an original horror film that actually delivers some scares and finds ways to disturb the audience. Now one's thoughts on this movie before seeing it is that it's just a typical horror film because of how standard the trailer made it out to be and that's exactly how I felt before seeing this movie. I started to get interested in this movie when I actually heard some positive buzz about it coming out of film festivals and I decided to give it a watch. Right from the opening shot I was already scared out of my mind because the opening shot was just terrifying in my mind, from that moment on I knew this wouldn't be your typical horror movie. Now this is definitely the scariest movie of 2012 and it uses so many different techniques to scare the audience. One of the techniques used is the super 8 reels that Ethan Hawke's character watches alone at night, these little clips are just disturbing to watch and honestly scared the living daylights out of me. Another technique used may sound generic but it actually works in this movie but its when the main character just walks around the quiet house and you can hear these strange noises around the house and occasionally you see something pop up. What made those scenes work to me is that the sound effects were actually done very well and that these little pop ups were actually scary and not cheap scares. Whether it was the super 8 reels or just walking around the house there was one thing that was always present and that was the background music. The background music/sounds were just amazing to me in this movie because it made things scarier and helped create suspense. Not only is this movie just scary but its also well written, directed, and acted. It seems like every horror movie made today the writer and director doesn't care about the final product and is just looking for a quick paycheck but with this movie you actually have a writer and a director that cares about the audience. I think this is a very well written movie because I was actually into the story for the most part and actually had a main character that I cared about. Another huge reason why I liked this movie a lot is due to the great performance by Ethan Hawke. Hawke just fits the role perfectly and he was just directed so well. Now this film isn't anything perfect and does have its issues. At times I thought the story as a bit lacking and some scenes could have been handled a but better but I didn't think it brought the film down a whole lot. Also other than Hawke's performance there's really no one that stands out in the cast. Overall Sinister is a great horror film that I highly recommend to any horror buffs and to anyone looking for a good horror film.

Dead Man Down
½

Dead Man Down is a decent film that has some stuff to enjoy while also having some stuff that brought the film down a bit. Before this movie came out I was actually looking forward to it because the trailers made me think that this could be a great revenge flick. After seeing Dead Man Down it just turned out to be decent movie that wasn't used to it's full potential. One of the main issues I had with this film is that the writing was all over the place. There would be some parts where I was into what was happening on screen but there would also be some parts that were just poorly written and took me out of the experience. Now the story to this movie wasn't awful or anything its just that it could have been much better if it had been written better. Probably the worst part of the story would be the ending to the film. Sure the ending action sequence was cool but we've seen this type of ending so many times before and was unoriginal, plus I felt the way it ended was just stupid and silly. I would have found this movie to be a lot better if it had been written better because I still found some elements to this movie to be quite enjoyable. To me Niels Arden Oplev did a very good job at directing this movie because I thought his style worked very well for this movie. Colin Farrell gives a very good performance in this movie and he actually made me care for what was happening to his character unlike everyone else in the film. The rest of the cast in this movie is just ok which I find disappointing since this movie has great talents like Noomi Rapace and Terrance Howard. Overall Dead Man Down turns out to be a decent movie that I enjoyed for the time I was watching it but will most likely forget about it within the next few days. I would recommend renting this one if your interested in seeing it because I think it would be a good rental since its not bad but nothing special.

Red Dawn
Red Dawn(2012)
½

The 2012 remake of Red Dawn is a terrible movie that shouldn't have been made in the first place. Personally I like the original 1984 Red Dawn a lot, I though that it was a fun movie that had a decent enough story to keep invested with some good performances and good action sequence. When I heard about Red Dawn being remade I wasn't really that excited to see it because I thought it was unnecessary. After seeing this movie I can honestly say that nothing is done right in this movie, everything is just so sloppy and was most likely made just to catch the attention of teenagers and make them pay to see this crappy movie. Before I go off on Red Dawn I will say one good thing about this movie which is the action wasn't terrible. The action sequences in this movie weren't boring and that actually had me entertained which I found surprising since this movie had me bored for most of the time. As far as everything else goes it's pretty awful, especially the writing and acting. You could tell that the writers didn't care about this movie it is so poorly written, the story is so predictable and clichéd and the dialogue is just dreadful. For the most part the acting in this movie is pretty bad because I just found most of the actors to be so annoying in their roles. The only performances that I thought were somewhat decent were the performances by Chris Hemsworth and Jeffery Dean Morgan who did the best they could for what they were given. Overall Red Dawn is a pretty bad film that is very forgettable, I would only recommend this to action buffs who could careless about story or acting.

Snitch
Snitch(2013)
½

Snitch is a well made action thriller that is flawed but is saved by the movie's engaging story and the great performances by the cast. Before seeing Snitch I really had no expectations because it looked so standard but after seeing it I could say that I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this movie very much because the story had me engaged for the most part and I got what I wanted for the hour and a half I was in that theater. If your going into in this movie expecting a full out action movie with The Rock than you will be disappointed because this is more of a drama than an action film and I actually liked that a lot. I thought the film's drama worked very well because the movie tackles a very serious issue which is the war on drugs. I was very pleased that writer/director Ric Roman Waugh was able to tell a very good story while also giving a message to the audience the will leave them thinking once the film is over. Even though this movie has a lot of drama there is still a couple of action sequences that where good to have me entertained. One of the movie's biggest strengths is the performances by the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson's performance. I think Johnson is a fine actor and is good in certain action movies of comedies but in this I just though he was great in this and he proved that he can also do drama's as well. Jon Bernthal (or as I like to call him Shane from The Walking Dead) is also very good in this film along with Barry Pepper, Susan Sarandon, and Michael Kenneth. Even though I enjoyed the story quite a bit I found it to be a little bit flawed towards the end which is ultimately my biggest problem I had with this movie. Towards the end I thought there were moments that were just kind of boring and uninteresting. I also found it to be a bit predictable and clichéd in the end. Overall Snitch is a good film which I would recommend renting or even seeing a matinee because its worth watching and not a bad way to waste an hour and a half.

Gladiator
Gladiator(2000)
½

Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a terrific film that took home five Oscars in 2001 including Best Picture. This is such a great movie in my mind because it is so well done. First off this movie was written so well because everything was done very well from the story to the characters. I found the story to this movie to be very interesting and it had me hooked from the beginning to the end. The characters in this movie are done very well in this movie, especially the main character Maximus. The character of Maximus is very well written but another reason why his character was done so well was because of Russell Crowe's terrific performance. His performance in this movie won him an Oscar and it was well deserved because he was phenomenal in this movie. Crowe made his character so interesting and he also made me care so much for him. The supporting cast in this movie is great which includes Joaquin Phoenix as a very good villain. Ridley Scott is a magnificent director and he sure shows it with this film. A few more things to add is that this movie is just stunning to look at and Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard's score is just brilliant. Overall Gladiator is a terrific movie that I would recommend to anyone looking for a great character driven movie.

noobz
noobz(2013)

Noobz is a mediocre movie that provides some chuckles but overall it's not that good of a movie. The only reason why I was interested in this movie is because it was about gaming and involved Gears of War. Why does the interest me? Because I am a gamer who loves Gears of War. After seeing the movie it turned out to be not that good of a movie, not an awful one but not good either. The movie's biggest problem is the writing because the story is so predictable and most of the jokes fall flat. We've seen this story told many times before in different ways and it doesn't work in this movie because it doesn't do anything new. There are parts in this movie that had me laughing but other than that most of jokes just didn't work for me. I've seen comedy about gaming done so much better in the web series The Online Gamer, which is on YouTube on the channel RecklessTortuga. The movie's cast is nothing special but they weren't bad. None of their characters are very memorable but each member has at least one moment in the movie that had me laughing. Overall Noobz is not that good of a movie but wasn't a waste of my time. I would recommend this to any gamers just looking for something to past the time, other than that I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone.

Dog Day Afternoon
½

Dog Day Afternoon is a classic film and definitely one of the greatest bank robbery movies of all time if not the best. This is film is good on every level and that's why this is such a well made film. One of the things that makes this movie so great is Frank Pierson's terrific screenplay. The movie's screenplay was just terrific because it had a really interesting story that had me invested while also having some great characters and some great dialogue. Sidney Lumet does Pierson's screenplay justice because he did a fantastic job directing this film. Lumet did a great job at creating suspense in this movie but he also did a good job at balancing the drama in the film and the humor in the film. In this film you have Al Pacino as the star and he is just brilliant. Pacino is just a terrific actor and he just knocks it out of the park in this film. To me Pacino's performance in Dog Day Afternoon is one of the best performances of his entire career. The supporting cast is also magnificent in the film which includes John Cazale, Chris Sarandon, and Charles Durning. Overall Dog Day Afternoon is a terrific film that I highly recommend seeing.

The Man With the Iron Fists
½

RZA is known for working with the Wu-Tang Clan and helping with soundtracks for films but now he makes his directorial debut with The Man With the Iron Fists. What could have been a fun time turned into a very sloppy/standard action film. This movie wasn't as bad as it could have been and that's mostly due to Russell Crowe's and Lucy Liu's performances. Although they aren't given much they do what they can to save this film from being a total disaster. Another thing that saves this movie is some of the movie's action sequences. There were some ok action sequences in this movie that were fun to watch but there was also some terrible action sequences that was just done poorly. To me RZA is the main reason why this movie was so bad because he managed to do a bad job at directing the film, give a terrible performance, and do a bad job at writing the film. The directing in this film was just terrible, RZA thought he had some good idea but he didn't. RZA's acting is just awful, I did not buy him being this blacksmith/warrior for one second and that goes for almost everyone in film. This movie was just written terribly because the story was uninteresting and so clichéd and the dialogue in this film was just so dumb. Overall I thought this was a very bad film that I would not recommend but some people who are into these types of movies might enjoy the film.

Bullet to the Head
½

Well, I don't know about you guys but when I hear about a movie being titled Bullet to the Head I would usually think it sounded stupid and dumb. But, the only reason why I gave this movie a chance is because it starred Sylvester Stallone and I'm always up for 80s action stars kicking ass in the 2000s because its been working so far. I'm a huge fan of 80s type action movies so if you get anyone like Schwarzenegger, Stallone, or Willis to star in a film I'll definitely give it a shot. After seeing Bullet to the Head I can say that this movie is really stupid, predictable, and silly but it's still a fun time. Bullet to the Head is about a killer named Jimmy Bobo whose partner was killed at a bar. To get revenge on the guys who killed his partner he must team up with Taylor Kwon, a cop whose partner was also killed. Together these two men go after the group that was responsible for both their partners deaths and take out anyone who gets in they're way. Like I said earlier I only wanted to see this mainly because of Stallone and I'm glad I did because if I would have gone in expecting a great action movie I would have been disappointed. My best advice to anyone who wants to see this movie is go in expecting pure 80s action fun because this is not a well made film. The writing to this movie is bad most of the acting was bad but that's ok because this movie knows what its doing. What makes this movie enjoyable to me is the action and Sylvester Stallone's performance. The action in this movie is done very well in this movie because the choreography to the fight scenes was great and all of the action was shot very well. Another thing that makes the action in this movie so fun to watch is the sound effects, every time someone got hit in this movie it just sounded so real and made you feel like you were right there watching these two men fight. Sylvester Stallone is now 66 and what amazes me is that he still looks like a monster and he can still kick a lot of ass. Watching Stallone in this movie was a lot of fun to watch because its him kicking ass and cracking some jokes here and there. The other performance in this movie that I enjoyed is from Jason Momoa who plays a very menacing villain, I would like to see him play some more villains in the future! As far as directing goes Walter Hill does a decent job, nothing great but it's far from bad. Since this is like a 80s action movie you can expect some clichés and poorly written dialogue but if your a fan of those type of movies that you'll get past that. As far as the rest of that cast goes they weren't that good and not worth talking about. This movie is far from great and very forgettable but I still had fun while watching this movie. I would recommend this to any fan of 80s actions movie or fans of Stallone because I think you'll have fun with this one. I just thought this movie was just trying to be badass by titling it Bullet to the Head but literally everyone who was shot in this film was at least shot in the head one time.

The Cold Light of Day

The Cold Light of Day is a horrible movie that has no redeeming factors, I mean everything about this movie sucks. The Cold Light of Day is about Will who goes on a vacation with his family, but, when his family is taken it becomes his job to find them before its too late. Before seeing The Cold Light of Day I had no expectations and the only reason why I was somewhat interested in this movie is that it had Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. Well, after seeing this movie I can say that Bruce Willis's and Sigourney Weaver's performances is the only thing that's actually somewhat enjoyable. Both actors are completely wasted in this film but they're the only thing that I enjoyed in this movie. Well, now that I've talked about the only thing I liked about this movie I guess I should talk about everything that was bad in this movie. I guess I'll start with the acting which is pretty horrible. In June 2013, Henry Cavill be Superman in Man of Steel and I was actually looking forward to it but after seeing Cavill's performance it brought my excitement down a notch. I found Cavill to be very annoying and I just couldn't believe him being any sort of hero. I really hope that the reason for his performance being bad is because of the directing because I really want to see him give a good performance in Man of Steel. Another terrible performance in this movie is from Veronica Echegui who just whined and cried the whole time, it was just so annoying. The rest of the cast (other than Willis and Weaver) were also terrible and will probably remain as nobodies. The directing to this movie was just horrible, director Mabrouk El Merchri tries to have his own unique style at times but it looked stupid. Every time he tried to come up with some creative shot it ended up looking bad and poorly done. To be the worst thing about this movie is the writing, the story was uninteresting and the dialogue was horrible. This movie never had me interested and wastes two of cinema's biggest stars, I highly recommend skipping this one.

Flight
Flight(2012)
½

Flight is a good movie that has an incredible performance by Denzel Washington, one of the most intense scenes I've seen in a while, and an interesting story that kept me involved for the most part. Flight is about pilot Whip Whitaker who successfully lands a crashing plane and saves almost everyone onboard, but, an investigation on Whitaker starts after the crash on whether he was drunk or not. Whitaker is a heavy drinker and he makes it his goal to fight against drinking, but that's easier said than done for Whitaker. I was really interested in seeing Flight because it looked like it could be a great movie. You got Denzel Washington who is an incredible actor, Robert Zemeckis who has directed classics like the Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, and a really interesting premise. Although this is not the great movie I was hoping for it's still a good film with plenty to like. The best thing about this movie is definitely Washington's performance, his performance in this movie is nothing short than spectacular. He just becomes this character, he becomes this alcoholic and it's just so incredible to watch. Washington deserves the Oscar nomination he got for this film because it truly is incredible. The supporting cast in this film is also very good which includes Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood, and a very funny John Goodman. Like I mentioned earlier this movie is about a plane crash and the crash scene in this movie is just breathtaking. That whole scene was just so intense and it made me feel as if I were actually there. Even though I know everything is going to be alright it still had me scared for everybody on board. That scene is definitely one of the most suspenseful scenes in a movie that I have ever seen. The one thing that I thought could have improved was the movie's writing. There were moments in this movie that I thought were extremely well written but there also moments that I thought were rushed or stupid. One of the main issues I had with the writing is that the relationship between Whip and this drug addict named Nicole felt very pointless. To me it just felt so rushed and that it was just there to have some sort of love story. Another big issue I had with this film is that there was one part of the ending that was so stupid. This part of the movie just didn't fit the movie at all and would have only worked in a comedy. Despite it's flaws Flight is still a good film in my mind and is definitely worth checking out just for Washington's performance.

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)
½

To me Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the best actors working in Hollywood today, everything he seems to do is amazing, but, it also seems like every actor has at least one movie that they should be ashamed of. If I were JGL I would be ashamed of being apart of Premium Rush because it is an awful film in my mind. This is a very poorly made film that barley has any redeeming aspects. Now I get that people will argue that this is just suppose to be a fun film and I like films that are just suppose to be fun but only if there done right. Before I go any further I should probably explain the plot of this film. In this movie Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Wilee, a bike messenger who has to deliver a mysterious envelope from one part of New York City to another part of New York City. This mysterious envelope soon causes a ton of problems for Wilee that could get him seriously hurt or even killed. Before I go off on this movie and say everything I didn't like about it I should talk about the few things that I somewhat enjoyed. The best part of this movie is by far is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even though the film as a whole is terrible JGL still manages to give a very good performance. I thought he did a good job at portraying his character and it was always enjoyable to see him on screen. Another thing that wasn't that terrible was the action scenes which were mostly bike chases. These bike chases weren't anything exciting or good but they didn't bore me and they were done very well. Well, I'm afraid those were the only things that I enjoyed about this film so I guess it's time to talk everything that did not work. First off the writing was just awful. The dialogue was just god-awful and the story was just stupid. The story didn't go in directions I expected but it was still executed very poorly. None of the characters were interesting and what made it worse was the actors playing these characters. Michael Shannon plays the villain in this film and he just annoyed me so much. He was so over the top and was a cartoon villain that did nothing but scream and whine like a little kid. The two lead actresses in this film are also horrible, neither of them can deliver dialogue well. Another problem I had with this movie is that this movie is an hour and a half long but it felt like two hours, horrible pacing! Some may enjoy this movie but this wasn't a film for me. If you plan on seeing this movie wait til you find it on cable or some movie channel because you really shouldn't pay money to see this movie. Like I said I might not share the same opinion as everyone else so for all I know you might love this movie. Overall I thought that Premium Rush was an awful movie that only had very little to enjoy. I use to think I was an amazing bike rider in 2nd grade, until I went full speed down a hill into a thorn bush.

The Last Stand

To me there are two types of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, the classics (The Terminator, T2, and Predator) and the dumb ones that are still enjoyable (Commando). Schwarzenegger is one of the greatest actions stars of all time to me, if not the best. Even though he isn't the greatest of actors it's always fun watching him kill bad guys and say cheesy one-liners. Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't starred in a film since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and now he finally returns with his latest film The Last Stand. The Last Stand is a about a sheriff in a small town who must stop a drug kingpin trying to escape to the U.S. by crossing the Mexican Border, to do this he will need the help from his fellow deputies and some of the town's people. Before seeing this movie I knew it would be a dumb movie so I went in thinking that and I'm glad I did. If I went into this movie thinking that it would be a fantastic movie than I would have hated it but I went in knowing it would be a dumb and because of that I had fun watching this movie. Now this movie was written very poorly, the story was pretty weak and some of the dialogue in this movie was just terrible but I got past all that. Even though the story wasn't anything great it always had my attention, sure some of the stuff in the story was clichéd and pointless but I was never so I guess that's a plus. One thing that I thought worked good in this film was director Kim Jee-Woon because I thought he did a good job directing. He just does a great job directing the action in this movie and he has some interesting visuals. This movie was actually shot very well because some shots in this movie were actually very cool. Another thing that worked in this movie was the action. The action in this movie was very entertaining and had me at the edge of my seat. One of the reasons why the action was as good as it was is because of Schwarzenegger, like I said earlier it's always a fun time watching Schwarzenegger being a total bad-ass. I thought Schwarzenegger was good in this movie even though he's just being Arnold Schwarzenegger, as for the rest of the cast it's a mixed bag. Going into this movie I was worried about Johnny Knoxville but I was pleasantly surprised. In this film Knoxville was just so funny and a blast to watch. Other performances in this film that I thought were decent enough include Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, and Rodrigo Santoro. The rest of the cast is just bad, all I have to say. If you can get past the bad writing and some of the bad acting than I think you will enjoy this movie but if you want to see a good movie with good writing and great acting than you wont find it here. If your a fan of Schwarzenegger or a fan of 80s and 90s action movie that I recommend seeing this film in theaters, other than that this film is a solid rental. Some people say that this movie is Schwarzenegger's last stand, but trust me when I say this, he'll be back.

Zero Dark Thirty

In 2008, Kathryn Bigelow and writing partner Mark Boal gave us The Hurt Locker, a film that won Bigelow and Boal plenty of awards that year. Four years later they return with another masterpiece, Zero Dark Thirty. Zero Dark Thirty is about the ten year hunt for Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda. Now I'm not the biggest fan of The Hurt Locker but I still thought it was a great film (in my mind Inglorious Basterds should have won that year but that's coming from a hardcore Tarantino fan) and when I heard that Bigelow and Boal were doing another collaboration I got pretty excited. What made me even more excited was that they're next movie was about the hunt for Osama. No body will ever forget the tragedy that happened on 9/11 and because of that tragedy we had to hunt Osama bin Laden for ten years and on May 1, 2011 we finally found him and killed him. Now everybody knows that most movies based off true stories aren't entirely true but I'm pretty sure this movie is as close as real as it gets. This movie is just absolutely stunning and is one of the best movies of the year, I will even go as far as saying it's one of the best movies of the last five years. Everything in this is just done to perfection and I'll start off by talking about the writing. Mark Boal did everything right with this script from the story to the characters to the dialogue. I was hooked to the story right when the movie sucker punched me with an opening I will never forget. Anyway, I never stopped paying attention to this movie and some people might not feel the same way as me because a lot of people are saying that this movie is too long. To me the movie's length is a good thing because it made me feel as if you were the main character who was hunting Osama. Yes it felt long but in the end it all paid off when Osama was finally killed. I also cared for the characters because they actually felt like real people unlike most of the characters I see in movies that are based off true stories. Moving on to the directing in this movie which is just phenomenal. Kathryn Bigelow has really out done herself because her directing was just incredible, she really reminded me off the main character Maya because she was told she couldn't do certain things but she fought so she could do things the way they were meant to be. Any director that fights for what they want and doesn't care what people think off it already gains some respect from me. One thing was just done to absolute perfection was that raid on Osama's compound. I have never seen any other movie or scene in a movie that was as suspenseful as that seen, and what makes that scene even more incredible to me was the fact that I knew how it was going to end. Another thing that worked so well in this movie was the acting. Jessica Chastain's performance in this movie was just incredible, this is Jessica Chastain's movie and if she doesn't win Best Actress at the Oscars than I don't know what the world's come to. The rest of the cast members have much smaller roles but they all give terrific performances. Other members of the cast include Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton, and many other terrific actors. Overall this movie is just fantastic. Everything is done the right way and couldn't have been done by anyone else. This is a movie that I think we'll see a lot of this award season and is a movie that I highly recommend.

Texas Chainsaw

Nikki: Do you know anything about this place?
Heather: Just the address.

Welcome to 2013 everybody! To me 2012 was a fantastic year for movies and I'm hoping that 2013 will bring us some great films; but, the year sure didn't start with a great film. This year's first major release is Texas Chainsaw 3D, the sequel to the 1974 cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Usually the first week of January is when the studios put out some crappy movie that will catch peoples attention and make them waste their money on it and this year it's another generic slasher film with all the clichés. Now I don't think that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a terrific film but I still thought it was a very good film. I never saw the remakes or the sequels but I'm sure I'm not missing much. When I first heard of Texas Chainsaw 3D I knew it was going to be terrible but I always try to go into movies with an open mind. It turns out I was right, this movie is just god awful and is a disappointment to the original film. Everything in this film is just terrible and could have been done by a fifth grader. I know this is only the first week of 2013 but I honestly think this is going to get as bad as its going to get, and if its not than God help us all.

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Django Unchained

Calvin Candie: Gentleman, you had my curiosity. But now, you have my attention.

Quentin Tarantino, to me he is the best writer/director that has ever lived. Now I know that's saying a lot but that's just what I think because I know there are people out there that completely despise him and his work. Anyway, his work has just inspired me in many ways because his films are just incredible. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, and Inglorious Basterds are all classics in my mine because they're all beautifully written and directed, hell I even enjoyed Tarantino's Death Proof quite a bit. Tarantino is my biggest inspiration, he's the one that made me realize what I want to with my life and what my passion truly is so whenever a new Tarantino film comes out I get extremely excited. Now one of my favorite genres for movie is definitely westerns, westerns have always been interesting to me and when I heard that Tarantino was makings a western it just brought a new level of excitement to me. Well, after waiting for months we finally have Quentin Tarantino's latest film Django Unchained. It's not that often for me to say that a movie met my expectations or even went further than my expectation but after seeing Django Unchained I can say that this movie blew me and my expectations away. Django Unchained is another Tarantino classic that I loved from start to finish and will definitely not disappoint hardcore Tarantino fans.

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Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher(2012)

Jack Reacher: You think I'm a hero? I am not a hero. And if you're smart, that scares you. Because I have nothing to lose.

In the books written by Lee Child, the character Jack Reacher is 6' 5" tall and weighs between 210 to 250 pounds. He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair. This movie already has one of the strangest castings of the year because the filmmakers decided to go with Tom Cruise as the title character. Tom Cruise is 5' 7" and weighs 160 pounds, how is that not a strange casting decision? Instead of going off about how small Tom Cruise is I think it would better if I just talked about the film Jack Reacher, a film written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Now I have not read any of the books that were written by Lee Child so I can not compare this film to the book One Shot nor can I tell you if Tom Cruise portrays an accurate Jack Reacher, but what I can tell you is if the is a good film or not. When I saw the advertisements for this film I just thought this was going to be a mindless action flick but it turns out this movie is more of a detective movie than an action movie. Yes this movie has some action but it also has a story too. Coming out off Jack Reacher I thought that is enjoyable but I also thought that it had potential to be a much better film. This movie has plenty to enjoy but it also has some problems that brought the film down quite a bit for me. I really wanted this movie too be as great of a movie as it could have been but unfortunately that is not what I got.

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Skyfall
Skyfall(2012)

James Bond is one of cinemas most iconic characters and is now celebrating its fifty year anniversary! There are twenty-three movies in this legendary series and there has been a total of six actors who played this character. Fifty years is a very long time so to celebrate the cast and crew set out to make a great movie and to make sure that James Bond will hopefully survive another fifty years! Well, ladies and gentleman, they do succeed because the latest Bond film, Skyfall, is a magnificent film and one of the best movies of 2012. Before I get more into detail about why this movie is so good I have to tell you guys that before seeing this movie I was not that big of a James Bond fan, not because I didn't like the movies but because I haven't seen many of the Bond movies. Before this movie I only saw Dr. No (classic), Goldfinger (classic), and Quantum of Solace (forgettable). I have been wanting to start watching them all but unfortunately I don't have that much time. Now that I got that our of the way let me talk a little bit more about Skyfall. Skyfall is about James Bond who sets out to take down the evil Silva, a cyber terrorist who is always one step ahead of Bond. First I gotta say that the writing to this movie was great because the movie had a very interesting story that kept me entertained for the whole two and a half hours. The dialogue was also very well written because it was sharp and sometimes very witty. Another great thing about this movie is the action, action is one of the main things that drives this franchise and this movie doesn't disappointed. Right off the bat this movie opens with this huge action sequences that pulled me right in and this movie ends with a spectacular action sequence that blew me away. The action to this movie is just very thrilling and entertaining, it's also shot perfectly. The action isn't the only thing that is shot well in this movie because this whole is shot beautifully. Some of the shots in this movie just took my breath away and had me in awe. Roger Deakins did a wonderful job with the movie's cinematography because it went so well with Sam Mendes's magnificent directing. The acting in this movie is also terrific like everything else, Daniel Craig is magnificent as the legendary character James Bond and Javier Bardem is perfect as the villain Silva. If I had to choose one person as a standout in this film it would definitely be Bardem because he is just amazing in this movie, one if the best villains I have seen in my life. The supporting cast in this movie is also great which includes Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw. After seeing Skyfall I really want to watch every single Bond film and become a fan of the franchise, hopefully I get the Bond 50 blu-ray box set for Christmas and I can start then! Weather you're a hardcore Bond fan or just an average film goer I highly recommend you see Skyfall because it is just an amazing film and one of the best movies of 2012!

Argo
Argo(2012)

Before Gone Baby Gone people would think of Ben Affleck as an ok actor because he has some movies where he gives some very good performances and some movies where he's just terrible. In 2007 he made his directorial debut with the film Gone Baby Gone, a film that he also co-wrote. Now quite a few people where skeptical about him becoming a director because he wasn't that great of an actor at the time and some people thought he just couldn't do it. Well, Affleck soon proved them wrong because it turned out that Gone Baby Gone was actually a great film. I thought it was a great film, audiences thought it was a great film, and the critics thought it was a great film. Three years later he would soon amaze everyone all over again by directing The Town, a film that he also co-wrote. Personally I thought that The Town was a great film and after seeing that movie I had high hopes for Affleck's future as a director so when I heard about the next film he was directing, Argo, I got pretty excited. After seeing the trailer for Argo I had plenty of reason to be excited for it. First off you have Ben Affleck in the directors chair, second you have an all-star cast, and third the story seemed so interesting and what made it more interesting is that these events actually happened in real life. Going into Argo I had high expectations and coming out of it I can say that I enjoyed it a lot but this definitely Affleck's weakest film. There is plenty to enjoy in this movie but there are some parts to this movie that brought it down a little bit for me. Anyway, I'll tell you the problems I had with this film but I will also tell you all the good that is in this film as well!

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Seven Psychopaths

In 2008 Martin McDonagh made his feature film debut with the movie In Bruges which was both written and directed by McDonagh, the film starred Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes. Before In Bruges McDonagh wrote and directed the short film Six Shooter which I still have to watch. Personally I loved In Bruges; In Bruges is just one of those films that has it all, it was fantastically written, it had great directing, and a phenomenal cast that did a great job. In Bruges wasn't just McDonagh's film, it was also Colin Farrell's (the rest of the cast was great but I thought he was a standout). To me Farrell has his hits and his misses but he just really impressed me because the material was perfect for him. Now when I heard that McDonagh and Farrell were going to make another film together I got pretty excited, when I saw the trailer and heard what the movie was about I got pumped, that movie would be known as Seven Psychopaths. The trailer for Seven Psychopaths just really impressed me because it just looked so crazy and dark just like In Bruges and if it was as good as In Bruges that would be fantastic. I went into Seven Psychopaths with high expectations and I came out loving it, Seven Psychopaths is one of my favorite movies of the year and by far the funniest movie of the year. I just had an absolute blast watching this movie and is probably the most fun I've had all year in a movie theater. After making two incredible films I think its safe to say that McDonagh is now one of my favorite writers/directors. One thing that I love about him is that he just reminds me so much of Quentin Tarantino, my favorite filmmaker, because he always has a great cast, great story, and a very well written script that is violent yet very humorous at the same time. After seeing Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction I was inspired and wanted to write/direct my own movies and after seeing McDonagh's In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths I inspired even more, ten years from now I have a feeling that McDonagh will be one of the big shots in the film industry and if he's not then I'm going to have go steal someone's Shih Tzu!

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Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

In 2009 a little film came out called Taken, this movie had Liam Neeson as the film's hero. What started out as a small little action movie soon became one of the most well know, quoted, and watched action movies in recent decades. This movie ended up doing great at the box office and made quite a bit of money, and above all that this is the movie that turned Liam Neeson into the action star he now is. Some may argue by saying that he was in Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins but if you think about it he was just the mentor to the action heroes of those films. Anyway, since Taken he's been in action movies like Clash of the Titans, The A-Team, Unknown, Battleship, and a few others. To me I think that Taken was a very fun, face-paced action movie that had some great action, a story that worked very well, and Liam Neeson's fantastic performance. After I saw Taken Liam Neeson immediately became one of my favorite action stars because he was just so bad-ass in that movie, my uncle and cousin told me that they kept count of how many people Neeson killed in the first Taken and from what I remember they told me he killed a total of twenty-six people all by himself. Even though it still had some writing problems I still very much enjoyed the first Taken and became one of those movies were if it's on TV I'll sit down and watch it. To me Taken is one of those movies that worked good on its own and did not need a sequel and for a long time I thought that was going to be the case, until I heard the announcement of Taken 2. When I heard about Taken 2 the only thing that I thought to myself was "Why?". I thought it was so stupid and pointless because there's not really a story that could work for a sequel. Anyway, I still went into Taken 2 with an open mind and after seeing it I can say that Taken 2 is not a good movie but it's still somewhat entertaining. Taken 2 may look like a fun movie to watch but I'm going to tell you why it's not that good so this movie doesn't end up "taking" your money.

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Frankenweenie
½

In 1984, Tim Burton made a short film called Frankenweenie, the film was about thirty minutes long and starred Shelley Duval, Daniel Stern, and Barret Oliver. Twenty-eight years later Tim Burton would soon make his short film into full feature length film made in stop motion animation. Now when I first heard of the 2012 version of Frankenweenie I didn't really have that much interest in it because it just look like something that I would be interested in. However I still had a little bit of interest in seeing it because I think Tim Burton is a good director and I wanted to see what he had to offer. Personally I thought that Burton's original Frankenweenie was a good short film and that it was worked very well for a short film so I was also a bit curious to see how it could work in a full length movie. Another thing that I was somewhat interested in seeing was the stop motion animation, I'm not a huge fan of stop motion animation but I still enjoy it because it looks cool and because I really appreciate the work that goes into these types of movies. Plus whenever Burton's involved with stop motion everything always looks creepy and cool. Well, after seeing Frankenweenie (2012) I have to say that it was a fun time with this movie. This is one of those family movies that the whole family could enjoy and not just the kids because it seems like most the family movies these days are only enjoyed by the kids and that there are very few that the rest of the family can enjoy. Anyway, Frankenweenie, is a good film that has quite a bit to enjoy throughout the running time. Before I go in depth I gotta say that they picked the perfect time to release this movie because it's the start of October and I'm almost positive that quite a few kids will be freaked out by this movie, well happy October I guess!

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Looper
Looper(2012)

As I was walking out of the theater after I saw Looper I heard a women walking out tell her friend "Well, I can't say I really cared for that movie". To be honest I was pretty shocked by what she said because to me this was truly something special, I guess we all have our own opinions on movies. Now for those of you who don't know I was really looking forward to Looper for many reasons. First off the whole concept of the movie was really cool and original, the cast was fantastic, and I think Rian Johnson is a brilliant director/writer he wrote and directed the film Brick. To me Brick is a brilliant movie the also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt but the sad thing about that movie is that a lot of people haven't even heard of it, I think anyone who loves cinema should go out and find a way to watch Brick because it's just truly amazing. Like I said I have been anticipating Looper for quite sometime now and was actually ranked number two on my top three anticipated movies for this fall. To not spoil anything for myself all I did before I saw Looper was watch the first trailer, nothing else. Anytime the second trailer or any TV spots came on I just zoned out. Soon the reviews came in from the Toronto International Film Festival and mostly all of them were positive, from there on the good reviews kept coming in. After many months of waiting I am happy to say that Looper lives up to the hype, to me Looper is one of favorites of 2012 because I just absolutely loved it. Everything in this movie is just spectacular and I really do think that this will be a Sci-Fi classic because this is one of the best Sci-Fi movies in quite a few decades. Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt bring us another brilliant film yet again that is right up there with their previous film Brick!

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End of Watch
End of Watch(2012)
½

Whenever I hear about buddy cop movies I can't help but to think about comedies, I know there are a lot of buddy cop movies that are serious but it just seems like buddy cop movies work best in the comedy genre. When I first saw the trailer to End of Watch I thought that it would be a very cool movie, I liked the idea that it was being made as if it was a documentary and I thought that it could tell a pretty good story. Now the director/writer for this movie is David Ayer who has also wrote the scripts/screenplays for movies like The Fast and The Furious, S.W.A.T., Training Day (also directed it) and few others. Overall I think he's a pretty decent filmmaker and I was curious to see what he could do with End of Watch. After seeing End of Watch I have to say that this is one of the best movies of 2012 and also one of the biggest surprises of 2012. This movie just has so much to like about and has very little problems. End of Watch is just a great film and quite possibly one of the best cop movies that I've ever seen. Instead of just saying its great over and over let me tell you guys why this movie is great.

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Dredd
Dredd(2012)
½

Before seeing the 1995 film Judge Dredd I had clue who the character was and was not familiar with the comics what soever. After seeing Judge Dredd I had no intention in ever reading the comics or do anything that involved the character because that movie was just awful and made me never want to see that character again. When I heard that they were trying to reboot the character of Judge Dredd I was not interested at all because of the 1995 film. I soon saw the trailer and it didn't impress me at all, but one thing that shocked me was all the positive buzz that coming out of Comic-Con and the Toronto International Film Festival. With all these positive reviews saying that Dredd 3D was an awesome action film I became really interested in seeing it so I could see what all the buzz was about. After seeing Dredd 3D I can say that it wasn't that bad of a movie, I didn't think it was great like many others did but it was definitely an enjoyable film. I thought that this movie had plenty to enjoy but it had it's faults just like any other movie. One thing that I can definitely take away from Dredd 3D is that the character Judge Dredd isn't all that bad, maybe the original just sucked and did no justice for the fans either. Another thing that I liked about this movie is that it makes up for the horrible crimes that the 1995 Judge Dredd did, like making me and many others go through excruciating pain for 100 minutes. Oh well, that was the past, now its time to get more in-depth with the new, cooler version of Judge Dredd.

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House at the End of the Street
½

The problem with horror movies these days is that none of them are original. All we get these days are remakes, sequels, and horror films that just try to copy other horror films. Another thing about horror movies these days is that they have the same cliches and they're all really predictable. When I saw the trailer for House at the End of the Street I immediately thought it would just be your average horror flick; but I had some hope since the movie had a pretty decent cast and because I was proved wrong earlier this year with The Cabin in the Woods which I thought would be your standard horror flick. After seeing House at the End of the Street I have to say that this movie was bad and a waste of my time. House at the End of the Street is just your average horror flick that tries to be unique but ends up being a very bad movie with some pretty bad writing and no scares what soever. This movie is just like any other horror flicks in the last decade that has very little to offer. One thing that I found funny about this movie is that it didn't even take place on a street so I don't know why they titled it House at the End of the Street, they should have just titled it Another Pointless Horror Movie That You'll Forget in One Day.

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Judge Dredd
Judge Dredd(1995)

Ah the 80s and the 90s, two of the best decades to make an action flick. Back then you would get a lot of cheesy dialogue, some decent one-liners, and some pretty awesome action sequences. Another thing about those action movies in the 80s and the 90s is that most of them are hit or miss. Yeah you have the classics like The Terminator, T2: Judgement Day, First Blood, Die Hard, and many more but for the rest of those action flicks they were either ok or they would just be terrible. Now before watching Judge Dredd I really didn't know that much about it, all that I knew is that the movie was based of a comic book which was titled Judge Dredd. I've never read any of the comic books so I can't tell if it's anything like the comics but what I can tell you is if this is a good movie. Well, is the movie good? The answer to that is no, this movie is not good what soever. When I started watching this movie I was hoping to have a fun hour and a half but what I got was an hour and a half of pain and misery. This does not have one redeeming factor other than that I can have fun while reviewing this movie. Well, I think it's about time to get into detail for this abomination known as Judge Dredd.

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The Bourne Legacy

To me the Bourne franchise is one of the best action franchises of out generation and even past generation. Each movie packs a great story and lots of thrilling action sequences. In 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum came out and to me that movie is just magnificent; the movie has a terrific story and some of the best action I've seen in quite some time. Now when I heard about The Bourne Legacy I had so-so expectations, I like Jeremy Renner because I think he's a great actor and I thought it was cool that Tony Gilroy was back to help write the screenplay since he's helped write all three screenplays before this. When I saw the trailer I was a bit excited to see this because it looked like it could be a great movie, oh boy was I wrong. Unfortunately I have to say that this movie was a huge disappointment; not a horrible movie but it's certainly not a good movie. I really don't have that much problems with this movie, to be honest I only have one main problem but this problem effected the whole movie for me, the writing. I thought this movie was not written well at all weather it was story telling or dialogue. First of the story to me was very boring; what makes the Bourne movies so good is that they have great stories and a lot of action but that is not the case for this movie. This movie mainly focuses on the story and I'm fine with that but at least make it good. For a long amount of time I was just so bored with this movie because nothing interesting happened, I even closed my eyes a few time because I couldn't stop myself from keeping them open. Another thing that I thought was pretty stupid is some of the dialogue in this movie. There is some dialogue in this movie that I did not understand what so ever because they used some many political terms that most of the audience didn't understand. Now I love the character of Jason Bourne because he's such an awesome character but you CAN'T make a Bourne movie without Jason Bourne. Instead of Jason Bourne you have this character named Aaron Cross, I did not hate Aaron Cross but I can't say I cared for him. In the previous Bourne films Jason actually had challenges when it came to fights and chases, but Aaron Cross was made to be like a superhero because everyone he fights he take out in like five seconds without the other guy even touching him. I'm sure Jason Bourne could do that to but it makes those scene very Un-interesting. Now I guess I should take stuff that I actually enjoyed in this movie. For starters I thought the action was very good in this movie, theres that much but when it finally comes it's actually very good and entertaining. There is one scene in this movie that I just thought was done very well because of how much suspense it had in it, this scene takes place in a lab and some might find it very disturbing. I also thought that Tony Gilroy did a pretty good job at directing this movie, he's been involved with these movies from the start and this was his first time directing in the franchise and I thought he did a good job even though his writing wasn't that great. Another thing worth mentioning is that I thought Robert Elswit did a great job with the cinematography, some great shots in this movie. It's no surprise that all the cast members gave good performances because this is a very good cast they got. Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz did good for the leading roles but I though Edward Norton didn't have much to do and that's sad because he's a terrific actor. Overall The Bourne Legacy isn't that good of a movie but it's not horrible. I would recommend renting this movie just to see it since it's a part of the Bourne franchise.

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, two great action flicks that are better than the average action movie. What I like so much about these movies is that their smart and focus on both the story telling and the action, they don't just put together a quick, sloppy story and then use a lot of explosions and say it's a great action movie. Even though I enjoy those mindless action movies I still like to see some action movies with a good story and that is exactly what these movies do best at, telling a good story. Now I think first two Bourne are great action movies but both of them were just so close to being perfect films to me, if it weren't for some plot holes I would have though that they were perfect. I will always enjoy those movies a tremendous amount but the one movie in this franchise that will always stick out to me the most is The Bourne Ultimatum. To me The Bourne Ultimatum is one of the best action movies I have ever seen because of it's terrific story, amazing action, and outstanding performances. Once again this movie is tremendously written; Tony Gilroy returns to write the screenplay for the third time in a row and this time he is joined by Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi. Now the story to this movie is just tremendous, once again the story is just so riveting and you just get so invested with the story. This time around you basically learn how Jason Bourne started and it's just so interesting to watch, you've seen how he lost his memory and you've seen his first mission but now you get to see how it all started and it's just awesome. Director Paul Greengrass returns and does another magnificent job directing this movie. The action in this movie is probably the best of the whole franchise. One scene that I just love in this movie is where Jason Bourne guides one of the characters Simon Ross through Waterloo Station, that is just so suspenseful and the writing for that scene is just extraordinary. There are also some magnificent fight sequences and car chases that are so thrilling and really get the blood flowing. The acting is of course astonishing. Matt Damon returns and well you know, he's awesome. Joan Allen returns as Pam Landy and is just brilliant again along with Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons. This time around you also have David Strathairn as Noah Vosen and he's just magnificent in this movie, just a great antagonist. Overall The Bourne Ultimatum is a flawless action flick that I highly recommend. If you have not seen the Bourne movis you are making a mistake because the Bourne franchise is one of the best action franchises of all time!

The Bourne Supremacy
½

In 2002, Matt Damon proved to everybody that he had major potential for being an action star in The Bourne Identity. Before The Bourne Identity no one thought Matt Damon would have a shot at being an action star, but like I said earlier he proved everybody wrong. Matt Damon's performance wasn't the only thing that stood out in The Bourne Identity because you also get a fantastic story that is way better than your typical action movie, great writing, and some terrific action sequences. Two years after The Bourne Identity you get The Bourne Supremacy; The Bourne Identity was directed by Doug Liman but this time around it's Paul Greengrass directing. Returning from The Bourne Identity you have Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and Tony Gilroy who co-wrote the first movie but this time the screenplay was all his to write. Now the question for this movie is how is it with a new director? Well, its another great movie and is as good as the first movie. The first movie's story was just so original compared to other action flicks and to make it even better it was written so well. The Bourne Supremacy's story is just great because you keep learning more about Jason Bourne as he remembers certain events in his life. I also like how well written his character is because you feel for this guy, certain events that happen in this movie just made me feel really bad for him. Other than that the story is also very good in this movie because it kept me invested for the whole running time and because it had some good twist and turns throughout the movie. Although the writing was very good for this movie there is still some plots holes in the movie just like the first movie but it doesn't effect the movie as a whole that much. As for directing in this movie I though Paul Greengrass did a great job. I didn't really miss Liman that much because Greengrass did a very good job here. In you also get some awesome action sequences just like the first movie that just puts you on the edge of you seat and makes you feel like you wanna fight somebody, well at least thats what I feel. As far as acting goes it's terrific. Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne and it's really not a surprise when I say that he gave a great performance, I mean he is Jason Bourne. Also returning you have Franka Potente, Brian Cox, and Julia Stiles who are all very good. A great addition to this series is Joan Allen as Pamela Landy because her character is just great and she plays her so well; you also don't know what to think of her as, a good guy or a bad guy. Overall The Bourne Supremacy is yet another great action flick that is so close to being a perfect film for me. I highly recommend this movie to anybody who enjoyed the first movie and to people who love action movies!

The Bourne Identity
½

Today almost every action movie seems to be the same. Most action movies have clichés that we have see many times, most the time their just good for entertainment. However there are a few action movies that manages to have a great story, great acting, and some great action. When I saw The Bourne Identity I was amazed of how such a good movie it was. This movie has it all and is one of the best action movies I have seen. Now this movie is based of a series of books written by Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader and I have not read any of the books so I do not know how the book compares to this movie, but what I do know is that this is one damn good film. This movie had my attention right from the opening scene and kept it until the credits came on screen. Everything just works so well in this movie, one of the best things about this movie is no doubt Matt Damon's performance as Jason Bourne. Matt Damon's portrayal of Jason Bourne is the reason why he started to become an action star and also the reason why Jason Bourne is one of the greatest action characters in cinema history. Like I've said many time this movie has it all so instead of just repeating it let me tell you how it's all great.

The Bourne Identity is about Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon), a man who was fished out of the Mediterranean Sea by a group of fisherman. When the group of fisherman found him he had to bullets in his back and a laser pointer in his hip with a bank name and number. When he wakes up he doesn't remember about his life, he doesn't even remember his own name. Once he is nursed back to health and on land, he goes to this bank to find out who he is. When he get's there he finds a box that belongs to him and finds out his name, he also finds a few passports, a lot of money, and a gun. Jason has no idea what this means but he takes everything except the gun. When Jason is attacked he learns that he can fight as well. When Ted Conklin (played by Chris Cooper), a member of the CIA, learns that Jason Bourne is still alive (he thought he was dead) he calls in some assassins to take out Jason Bourne. Since Jason doesn't remember much he goes off to find clues to who he is, also helping him is a girl named Marie (played by Franka Potente) who was originally just suppose drive him from Switzerland to Paris but ends up sticking with him for this adventure. Jason will do anything to find out what he really is but to find out who he is he has to survive these assassins!

The Bourne Identity has a lot to enjoy; one of the best things about the whole movie is the fantastic screenplay by Tony Gilroy and W. Blake Herron. This movie is just written beautifully and has a lot to like. One thing that I love about this movie is the story. The story is fantastic and so interesting: there are so many action movies today that really don't care about story and just care about the action and special effects. Now I don't mind that at all but it's always good to see a good story and this movie has one. Everything that happens in this movie is just so interesting and never seems to bore the audience because of how good these scenes were written. Another thing I liked about the writing is that the more you learn about Jason Bourne the more Jason Bourne learns about himself. Most action movies tell you who the character is right from the beginning but in this movie you learn more about Bourne as the movie goes on, I also liked how he had amnesia and that he has to learn who he is. The story to this movie is so interesting and one of the best stories I've ever seen in an action movie. The characters in this movie were also very well written because I actually care about them and was hoping that they would succeed. The dialogue in this movie is also very good and never boring. I wish I could say that the screenplay was perfect but unfortunately it isn't. There are a few plot holes here and there that could have used a bit of work. Other than that little issue I had this is a fantastic screenplay that adds a lot to this film.

Now this is an action film so to make it a good action movie it has to have good action, and it does. The action in this movie is just so intense and thrilling and I love it when a movie can do that. The hand-to-hand fights are well choreographed and make it look real, which adds to the intensity. The car chases are also very good in this movie and electrifying. As for directing in this movie it's also very good. Director Doug Liman does a good job directing this movie but he does use shaky cam for the fight sequences. Now the shaky cam in this movie didn't quite bother me because I could still see everything. Overall I thought Liman did a good job directing this movie but I wouldn't say he was great.

Before this movie no one saw Matt Damon as an action star. No one thought he could be Bourne because of the films he was in before this movie, but today he is well known because of his performance as Jason Bourne. Matt Damon is just so incredible in this film; I mean he is Jason Bourne in this series. I just loved every scene he was in because of good his performance is in this movie. He just brings so much power to the character of Jason Bourne and I loved it. I also really liked Franka Potente in this movie, at first I was a bit worried from some of her opening scenes but by the end of the movie I thought she as great. I thought Damon and Potente had great chemistry together and their dialogue was also interesting. You also have Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, and Brian Cox in this film, who are all very good. None of them are in the movie for that long of a time but every time they are on screen their great.

Overall The Bourne Identity is a fantastic action movie and one of the best of it's kind. This movie is so close to perfect but doesn't quite hit that level. Every scene in this movie is just so interesting because of the fantastic screenplay by Tony Gilroy and W. Blake Herron. The action is also pulse pounding and Doug Liman does a very good job directing this movie. If you are looking for a great action movie that actually has a story this is the one to watch. Trust me, you wont forget it!

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)
½

Total Recall, an awesome movie with fun, violent action and a fantastic performance by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course I'm talking about the 1990s version of Total Recall based of the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" written by Philip K. Dick, now I have never read the short story but I do know that that story never did take place on Mars but people never really cared. I think the 1990s Total Recall is fantastic film because the action is electrifying; the story was done beautifully, and of course Arnold's performance, which included a bunch of brilliant one-liners. When I heard that they were going to remake Total Recall really didn't think it was necessary and as it got closer to releasing I started to have many doubts. From the trailers I thought it could be really fun and I thought the cast was great but mu main concerns were that it doesn't take place on Mars and that the movie was rated PG-13. Now I could get past the fact that the movie didn't take place on Mars because that's what it was like in the short story but a PG-13 rating? The first one was so good because of its violent action and I was a bit worried about that. This isn't the first time director Len Wiseman took R rated material and made it PG-13 because he did the same thing in 2007 with the Die Hard franchise. Even though Live Free or Die Hard wasn't as good as the rest of the Die Hard's, it was still a great movie and actually worked for a PG-13 rating. Saying that I can say that Total Recall was actually a fun ride. This isn't as good as the 1990 version but it's still very fun. Plenty works in this movie but this movie does have its flaws. I will get into those flaws later but for now I will say that this is a really fun summer movie that is worth checking out.

In the future, chemical warfare has destroyed the planet Earth and left only two places to live, The Colony (located in Australia) and The United Federation of Britain (located in Great Britain). The Colony is dirty, very crowded, and always rainy while the UFB is more fancy and clean. The only way to transport from one side to the other is a thing called "The Fall", which is basically a super fast train but much bigger. This movie is about Doug Quaid (played by Colin Farrell); a factory worked who lives with his beautiful wife Lori (played by Kate Beckinsale). Although he has a good life he just wants some more excitement so he goes to this place called Rekall- a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life that is very different and more exciting than the one their living. As he's getting set up to go into this memory something goes very wrong and the police show up taking out everyone except for Doug. With no experience Doug somehow takes out all of the police officers and makes an escape. When he gets home Lori tries to kill him revealing that she is a secret agent that works for Cohaagen (played by Bryan Cranston), who is the president of the UFB. Lori says that they were actually never married and that his whole life was implanted into his head. So while he's on the run from the police and his wife, Doug is trying to find out who he really is. He soon meets Melina (played by Jessica Biel) who is a resistance fighter and claims that Doug is a resistance fighter as well. The resistance is a group led by Mathias (played by Bill Nighy) and their purpose is to bring more freedom to The Colony. While Doug is going on this roller coaster ride the most important question is this, is this all-real or is this Rekall?

Like I said earlier I had my doubts about this remake. I thought that it was completely unnecessary and that it would not be that good, I thought would be decent at best. I thought this was actually a very good movie and was actually really impressed with the writing. The writing was the thing I was most worried about with this film because I thought the cast was great and the visuals looked impressive but I really worried about the story and the writing. The writing to this movie was actually very good but it did have its flaws. For the most part the story was very well done and the dialogue was also very well written. One thing I really liked about this film is that there was one scene in this movie were everyone is just talking about weather Doug is in Rekall or not, this scene is mostly dialogue but it was so intense and was executed perfectly. I really give credit to both the actors and the writers for that scene. I also liked how some of the writing in this movie was clever because they would have some pieces of dialogue and some scenes that hinted to the original Total Recall. There is also one scene in this movie that I just found hilarious that involves dollar bills, if I go any further it would spoil it. Like I mentioned earlier this version of Total Recall they do not go to Mars so that means they would have to change it up quite a bit and I didn't know if it would be good or not, to my surprise it was actually done very well. We've seen this story before but I didn't care because it was written very well. Now there are some flaws that I had with the writing the effected this movie a little bit. One of the things that I didn't like about this movie is that some scenes felt really rushed and that those needed more. I don't quite blame the writers because I heard there was about 17 minutes of footage cut from the movie and will probably be on the DVD and Blu-Ray, hopefully they do add some more to those scenes and make up for that. The other thing that I didn't like about the writing is that when the movie got to ending they had bunch of action clichés that we see all the time in action movies. I wish that they could have written the ending a little bit better by taking a little bit more time to write a better ending. Other than those two problems I had with the writing I thought this was a well-written script.

Personally I think Len Wiseman is actually a pretty good director. People often complain that he takes R rated material and makes it PG-13, like Live Free or Die Hard and this version of Total Recall, but to me it doesn't really matter because the action is very entertaining and works good for a PG-13 rating. I like how he doesn't use shaky cam for the action scenes and that you can see the action perfectly. I also really like how this is a summer action movie and that he didn't film or convert this movie into 3D. The only problem that I had with his directing is that there seems to be a lens flare every 10 seconds. As far as action goes this movie has a lot of it. This movie is filled with a lot of action that is very entertaining to watch. The fight scenes are very well choreographed and the shootouts and chases are just electrifying. The thing that impressed me the most in this movie is the special effects and visual effects. Everything just looked so real and it was just amazing to look at, some of the best visual effects I have seen in recent memory. This movie is worth checking out just for the action and special effects.

When I saw the cast for Total Recall I was actually impressed because I liked the all of the cast members. Instead of Schwarzenegger you have Colin Farrell who I think is a good actor. Now I love Arnold Schwarzenegger in action movies because he can kick a lot of ass and of all the awesome one-liners he has and the one thing that I did want from this movie is to try and make Colin Farrell exactly like Arnold's character from the original. Gladly that did not happen and Farrell was his own character in this movie. For what his character was in this movie I thought that Farrell gave a very good performance, there are a few scenes were he was a bit off but overall he was great in this movie. Two performances that impressed me in this movie are Kate Beckinsale as Lori Quaid and Jessica Biel as Melina. Before seeing this movie I heard that they were just eye candy and weren't very good in this movie but I thought they were both very good. I thought that they were both strong female characters that looked amazing and very attractive but could also kick a lot of ass. Beckinsale was a great villain and Biel was great as one of the good guys. What I was looking forward to in this movie was seeing Bryan Cranston. I think Cranston is just a great actor because I just love him in Malcom in the Middle and Breaking Bad. Saying that Cranston was great as Cohaagen in this film and played a very menacing villain. The only downside about Cranston in this movie is that he's not in it that much, basically he's only in it for the ending. Other actors such as Bokeem Woodbine, Bill Nighy, and John Cho are also very good in this movie for the time they're on screen. The casting was perfect for this movie because all actors were great in this film.

Going into the remake of Total Recall I was a bit worried but when I was watching it I had a blast. Although it wasn't as good as the original it was still a very fun ride that is worth seeing. The screenplay was very well written with a few issues, the directing was good, action and special effects were great, and the casting was just fantastic. If your looking for a good summer flick to see in theaters and you've already seen The Dark Knight Rises two or three times you should definitely check this movie out. I would recommend this to people who love the original because they might find it entertaining but some others might hate it. I would also recommend this to people who haven't seen the original because it would be something new that you might enjoy a lot. This version of Total Recall may not be one of the best Sci-Fi movies we've had recently but it's still a very fun movie worth seeing. One day I hope there actually is a place like Rekall. Hot chicks fighting over you and some girls with three boobs, sounds great!

The Untouchables
½

In 1983, director Brian De Palma's Scarface was released and was one of the most controversial movies out. It was dark, gritty, violent, but it was a masterpiece. To me Scarface is one of the best gangster movies and is up there with movies like The Godfather and Goodfellas. Brian De Palma directed one of the best gangster flicks of all time and for him to make another would be fantastic. Four years later, De Palma comes out with The Untouchables, which takes place during Al Capone's time and stars Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Robert De Niro. The Untouchables already sounds like a fantastic movie but unfortunately it isn't. This is still a really good film but not as good as it should have been. Now I don't that much about Al Capone and his time so I'm just going to talk about this as a movie, I'm not going to point out historical facts that they got right or wrong because I don't know much about Capone's time. Getting that out of the way, The Untouchables has a lot to like and is done very well but there are some things in this movie that I didn't like.

Prohibition in the United States has to an organized crime wave in the 20s and early 30s. Many gangs bootleg alcohol and control their business with violence and extortion. In Chicago one man controls the city, Al Capone (played by Robert De Niro). The police got nothing on him but that could soon change once Elliot Ness (played by Kevin Costner) comes to town. Ness has made it his mission to stop Capone and all his crimes, but to do that he would need a team. One day he meets Jim Malone (played by Sean Connery), a good Irish cop who understands how Capone does business. Malone helps out Ness by being his mentor and he also joins Ness's little team to stop Capone. The two other members of Ness's team are George Stone (played by Andy Garcia), a rookie cop with one hell of a shot, and Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), an accountant who may have a way to put Capone behind bars. Together this team goes around the city and bust criminals who try to get illegal alcohol on the street. Capone realizes that these guys might be an issue so he has to find a way to stop them before he ends up in jail.

One the best thing about this movie is also the thing that brings the movie down quite a bit, the writing. At times the writing was just magnificent but it also felt sloppy and rushed a few times. First I'll talk about the good. For the most part I can say that I was really into the movie, the story was told very good because of the good writing. This movie's story worked so well and had me totally invested for the most part. One thing that I really liked about this movie is how well some scenes were written so well; some scenes in this movie are just so memorable. Two scenes that I just thought were fantastic were the baby carriage scene and the confrontation between Elliot Ness and Al Capone at the hotel. Both those scenes were just electrifying and had a great combination of great writing and great acting. I also really liked how well the character of Jim Malone was written. The dialogue is also very good in this film as well. Some things that I had problems with are that some scenes felt a bit rushed and some characters weren't written all that good. Some scenes in this movie just felt so rushed and when those scenes ended I felt that I needed to know more. If they put more effort into those few scenes and made the movie longer I would not care, just as long as it was written well. Some characters in this movie weren't written all that good because I felt we needed to know more about them or that they needed to have a bigger role in the movie. Overall the writing was very good with a few flaws.

This movie also has some exciting shootouts that are very well done and Brian De Palma's directing was very good.

One thing that works very well in this movie is the excellent cast. Kevin Costner is great in this movie as Elliot Ness. I thought that he just captured the role as this man wanting to stop crime. His character did have a few problems but he still did great for what he was given. The best performance in this whole movie is no doubt Sean Connery. Sean Connery is just fantastic in this movie because he was the perfect for the character of Jim Malone; every scene that involved Connery was just brilliant! Sean Connery won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1987 for playing Jim Malone and I thought he deserved it because he truly was magnificent. I also like every scene that had Costner and Connery together on screen because the relationship between they're characters was written so well and both these actors just knocked it out of the park and it just made those scenes fantastic. Also in the supporting roles you got Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith who are both very good but I felt they needed a little bit more screen time. Oh yeah, you also got Robert De Niro as Al Capone. De Niro is just great in basically every movie he's in, saying that he was excellent as Capone.

One thing that I have to mention is that I thought the music to this movie was just horrible; it didn't fit the movie at all.

Overall The Untouchables is a very good movie but unfortunately it wasn't anything great like it should have been. If it wasn't for those few writing flaws and the god-awful music this movie could have been something fantastic. Even though it does have those few problems it's still a very good film that has some very good writing at times, great directing, and a magnificent cast. I would recommend this to anyone who loves gangster flick or to anyone whose just looking for a good film in general. I think some people will like this movie a lot more than I did and some may like a bit less than I did.

Escape from New York

Escape From New York to me is just a fun little film, this movie is not great any means necessary but it's an enjoyable hour and forty minutes. The 80s was a great time for action movies and has some of the greatest out there and Escape From New York has always appeared to one of the best from the 80s so I've been wanting to check it out for a while. Well this movie has a lot of things to like about it but I just don't think of it as a great movie. Now John Carpenter is a great director and has brought us many great films and one thing that I liked about this film is that you can tell it's one of his movies, it always has a creepy feelings, the story is good, and has some great actors that portray good and likeable characters. I enjoyed Escape From New York very much but will not say it is great, some may disagree but this is just my opinion on it.

The year is 1988 and the crime rate in the United Stated has gone up 400% so the government turns New York City into a maximum-security prison. Once you go in that prison you never get out, escape is impossible because the bridges are mined, the walls around the prison are fifty feet tall, and police surround the whole area. Air Force One soon crashes into this prison leaving the President of the United States (played by Donald Pleasance) left for dead, but there is one man they can send in to get the President. The United States Police Force Commissioner Bob Hauk (played by Lee Van Cleef) get's Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell), an ex-soldier and a bank robber sentenced to life in New York City, but if he excepts this mission and succeeds he will have his freedom. Snake accepts the mission but to make sure he doesn't run off, Hauk puts a device in Snake that will kill in 24 hours and will only be taken out if Snake get's the President out along with a package that the President brought with him. Once Snake get's in this prison he realizes how hard this mission is going to be with prisoners running all around the island, can Snake complete his mission or will he die inside this hell hole?

A few of the problems I had with this movie was in the writing department. I thought the writing to this movie was pretty good but I had some problems with it. Overall the story to this movie was actually very good and interesting. I thought the whole concept of having an entire island turned into a prison was just great because it could make a very interesting story, for the most part I thought it worked very good. I thought all the situations that Snake got into were very good and kept me interested but there are some other things that I had problems with. One of the problems that I had with this movie is that this movie felt a lot longer than it was. At some parts the writing was very weak and because of that I felt bored at times. Some scenes just felt very boring and made lose interest in the film. Like I said earlier there are some very good scenes and that makes up for those boring parts of the movie. Other than those scenes the story kept me interested with the movie and some parts were just very well done. One thing that I had a bit of a problem with is that not all the characters were well written, the character of Snake was written well but the rest weren't. I felt that I needed more background on the characters, and throughout the film I was hoping we would learn more about them but I never got that. Snake was written very well because he was very cool but even had some problems. Throughout the movie people always say something about him (I'm trying not to spoil it) and I was hoping they would explain why they're all saying it but they never did. Overall the writing here is good but it does have it's flaws.

One thing that does work well in this movie is the directing and action. John Carpenter's directing is always very good and it works very well in this movie, New York just looks so dark and creepy and I liked that a lot. The action in this movie is very exciting and entertaining but I felt it needed a little bit more. Although I felt the movie needed some more action I was happy with what I got.

As far as acting goes it's actually the best part of the whole movie. Kurt Russell is just great in this movie as Snake Plissken. Snake Plissken is just so cool and a total BA and Russell just captured all of that. He was always entertaining on screen cracking one-liners and just kicking as. Lee Vann Cleef is also great in the supporting role, even though he's not in the movie a lot he's still terrific in every scene he is in. Every time Russell and Van Cleef are on screen or are just talking to each other by walkie-talkies it's just amazing because of the chemistry between theses two characters. The chemistry between their characters is just so entertaining and very funny at times. Donald Pleasance is a great actor but he's not in the movie for a lot of time either. Every time Pleasance is on screen he's very good and is one of those actors who can practically become any one. Harry Dean Stanton and Adrienne Barbeau both give good performances but I just didn't buy the romance they had. Ernest Borgnine is very good in this film as well, the only performance that I didn't really like is from Isaac Hayes because he wasn't that menacing of a villain.

Overall Escape From New York is a very entertaining film but not quite great. I really liked the performances in this movie except from one and I thought John Carpenter's directing was very good like always. The problems I did have with this film did make me enjoy the movie a lot less but I still enjoyed the film. If you enjoy action movies from the 80s I would recommend this movie or if your just looking a good time you should watch this movie. I wonder if this movie will ever inspire someone into turning a city into a prison, if so where would it be?

Batman: The Movie
½

In the 1960s, this was the Batman people got. If you compare the Batman we have today compared to this Batman it is very, very different. This version of Batman is very campy and cheesy but to be honest I kind of like it. It's a fun 100 minutes, nothing more and nothing less. This right here is the early stage of the legendary character of Batman that would go on to so much in the future.

The story follows the dynamic duo of Gotham City, Batman (played by Adam West) and Robin (played by Burt Ward). This time the dynamic duo have to face four of their deadliest foes, The Joker (played by Cesar Romero), The Catwoman (played by Lee Meriwether), The Riddler (played by Frank Gorshin), and The Penguin (played by Burgess Merideth). These four super criminals plan on holding the world for ransom with a machine that can instantly dehydrate someone, but first they have to rid of Batman and Robin. Can our two heroes stop this evil? You'll have to find out in Batman: The Movie.

Now my review for this movie isn't going to be that long because there's really not much to say about this movie. The story to this film is fine and works for it's time but nothing special. The thing that will you'll certainly enjoy in this movie if you love today's Batman movies is the dialogue. The dialogue in this movie is just hilarious and so cheesy, but it's a good type of cheesy. The rest of the writing is also very funny including all of Batman's gadgets such as Shark Repellant Batspray.

The fight scenes in this movie are quite enjoyable even though you can tell how fake they are. These scenes are also fun to watch with all the POWS and other stuff like that.

The acting in this movie is fine, Adam West and Burt Ward are pretty good as the first Batman and Robin and all the villains are well played as well.

Yes this was a very quick review but there's really not much to be said about this movie. It is an enjoyable movie and I think Batman fans of today would get a kick out of it.

Lockout
Lockout(2012)
½

When I first saw the trailer to Lockout I thought it looked like a fun film. The movie looked like action movies from the 80s were it would have some cool action and a cool main character; unfortunately this movie is actually terrible. Although it looked like a fun film I didn't have great expectations for it so it wasn't really a disappointment. The problem with this film is that it's un-original and tries to be this awesome action movie but it's really not. There is very little to like in Lockout and what makes this movie bad is that it's nothing we haven't seen before and some crappy special effects along with some pretty pointless action. Lockout may not be the worst movie out there but it's certainly not a good movie either.

Lockout takes place in the future were the worlds deadliest criminals are sent into a prison in outer space. This prison is just in its testing stage but still has quite a few prisoners in it. Since the prison isn't quite done, the President's (played by Peter Hudson) daughter Emile (played by Maggie Grace) is sent to space to check out the prison. After an interview with one of the prisoners, Hydell (played by Joseph Gilgun), goes very wrong all the prisoners are released from and take over the space station and takes the staff hostage, including Emile. Since the President is only concerned about his daughter he decides to only send one man to space, Snow (played by Guy Pearce). Snow is convicted for a crime he didn't commit and this is his only shot get out of prison. Snow ends up going into space to go find Emile but at the same time he goes up there to find his buddy Mace (played by Tim Plester) who is the key to Snow's innocence. This is a huge adventure for all of them and have to see if they can even get out of that prison alive.

Let me start out by saying that I thought the opening ten minutes of this film was very intriguing. It was very interesting and had a very good action scene and made me think that this was going to be a good film, but it ended up being an awful film. What makes this movie so bad is that the writing is just awful in this movie. This movie has three people writing the screenplay, which turned out to be a mess because it badly written and it's very un-original. This is just like any other mediocre action movie and follows the same events that you see happen in mostly any other movie like this. As the movie went on I kept say to myself "seen it, seen it, seen it". You could make a checklist for this movie that has all the action movie clichés and this movie would have it. The ending to this movie is just very un-original because it's an ending we've seen thousands of times and it just made me a bit mad. The story to the movie has been used before so I guess that's why nothing in this movie really worked. The one thing I did like in the writing department is that the character of Snow was written very well, it reminded me of some classic action heroes that are so bad-ass but also have quite a bit of humor in them as well. As for the rest of the characters they aren't interesting at all. Some characters are annoying and then you have some of those characters that your suppose to care about but when something happens to them you really don't give a crap. The writing to this movie is quite bad a really brought the film down.

What makes an action movie good is cool action and some good special effects but you don't get any of that in this movie. To be honest this movie barley has that much action and when it does get to those action scenes they only last about two minutes and are very un-interesting. The one thing that I can't help laughing about in this movie is the special effects because it's so horrible. If you want to make a good Sci-Fi movie you have to have good effects but with this movie you just get some horrible effects. Everything just looks so fake in this movie and there was a chase in the beginning of the movie that just looked absolutely horrendous. Other than those two things the directing was decent when you weren't looking at some of those horrible effects.

The acting in this movie isn't anything that special aside from one performance. The character of Snow is just a complete bad-ass who can kick some serious ass but is also very funny and Guy Pearce does a great job as Snow. From the opening scene in this movie you know that he's going to be hilarious and throughout the whole movie he's just saying to hilarious stuff. I really like Pearce in this movie and I liked him even more since he's the only one who actually gave a good performance here. Maggie Grace is really not that good in this movie at all. First off her character wasn't even cool and was just annoying and she did it so well because she annoyed me throughout the whole film. Her character has a bunch of dumb moments and Grace did do a good job at that but was very annoying to me. Her looks were the only thing that really impressed me from her in this film. As for the villains they're not really that special. The main villain, who is played by Vincent Regan, is just not that good of a character at all. The villain is just one of those villains that's just like "I'm the boss because I'm better than all you" and he really has nothing to do other than take over the station. Vincent Regan isn't anything special in this film but the one villain that I somewhat like is Hydell played by Joseph Gilgun. Hydell is just this insane killer and Gilgun did a great job playing this psycho but at times he could be very annoying. Overall the acting is nothing special and only had one performance that I really liked.

Overall Lockout is actually a very bad film. This movie has one performance that I really liked and is actually the only thing that I enjoyed about this movie. Everything in this movie is just horrible which includes some bad writing, not much good action, some pretty awful special effects, and some very weak performances. If your looking for a fun action movie you might enjoy Lockout but if your looking for an action movie that is just original you will certainly not find that here. If you can turn your brain of and get past some really silly stuff then you might enjoy this movie but there will be some people who will agree with me.

The Dark Knight Rises

In 2005, director/writer Christopher Nolan brought us Batman Begins, which was excellent in every single way to me. In 2008 Nolan returns with The Dark Knight, which was a masterpiece, everything about that was just perfect and when it ends you're just left there wanting the next Batman film. Just like many other people I've been waiting and waiting for the next Batman film, and then they announced The Dark Knight Rises. When they announced The Dark Knight Rises I was just more than excited, this was quite possibly the most excited I've ever been for a movie. When tickets came out I immediately bought them, the ticket was to see the whole Dark Knight Trilogy. Opening day I got to the theater as earlier as could and waited, after the first two films were played (still excellent) I just got numb from all the excitement I had and when it started I was just pulled in, which really wasn't a shocker. This movie does not disappoint at all and is the perfect conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises has it all, story, character you care about, great writing, fantastic directing, awesome action sequences, its all here in this movie. The problem with a series of movies is if there all fantastic it's hard to choose one over the other, to be honest I cannot pick one Nolan Batman movie the other because there all spectacular, which creates one of the best trilogies ever made and in my mind the best trilogy since the original Star War trilogy.

It has been eight years since the Batman has taken the fall for Harvey Dent's murders, since then things in Gotham have been peaceful with most of the criminals in Blackgate prison. As things are going well for the city it is not going well Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) and Jim Gordon (played by Gary Oldman). After he took the fall for Dent's murders, Bruce Wayne gave up being Batman and hung up his cape and cowl. From there on out he becomes a mess, never leaves his house, is losing a lot of his money, and even has to walk with a cane because of a bad leg. As for Gordon he's been debating to himself weather he should tell Gotham the truth about Dent or just keep the peace in Gotham. Gotham is a peaceful place now and the worst thing that's going on is a cat burglar running around stealing, this cat burglar is Selina Kyle (played by Anne Hathaway). But, this will all change very soon as a new force comes to Gotham; this force is Bane (played by Tom Hardy) and his army. Bane is just turning Gotham City into a war zone and the worst villain Gotham's ever had to face. With Bane destroying the city this causes Bruce Wayne to become the Batman again, but is Bane too much for him? This is the first villain Batman's faced that's stronger than him and one that is possibly smarter than him as well. Will Batman be able to stop Bane from destroying Gotham or will Bane destroy him and Gotham? If Batman wants to win this war he'll need the help from Selina Kyle, Jim Gordon, Lucius Fox (played by Morgan Freeman), the new rookie cop John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and have his butler right at his side, Alfred (played by Michael Caine).

Every trilogy has to have a great ending or it just makes the series looks silly. I had hoped The Dark Knight Rises would be a fantastic ending, but it wasn't a fantastic ending, it was a spectacular ending that ended the trilogy perfectly. From the start of the movie (which is a spectacular action scene) to the end of the movie I was so in to the movie. Now this movie is two hours and forty-five minutes so that's plenty of time to tell a great story and it does. This movie's story is just so amazing because at this point you care for characters and it tells such an interesting story. The first two movies told great stories and what worked about them is that they made it realistic by using the mob and all that but this time it's all about terrorism. Bane is destroying Gotham City by blowing everything up and attacking Gotham's stock exchange so it really feels as if were like 9/11. Anyways the story to this movie was just amazing and couldn't have done any better. This movie is filled with many emotional scenes because there have been two movies already so you care for these characters, there were scenes in this movie were I got teary eyed when something tragic happened and many scenes were I was just pumped up and excited because something incredible happened. Without spoiling anything I just want to say that the second half of the movie is very interesting and cool because it doesn't feel like a superhero movie at all. The first half may start out very slow for a few people but I didn't mind it because the story is so interesting, I always wanted to see what Bane had in store and see Bruce Wayne's story. The whole story of Bruce Wayne is great in this movie because so many things happen to him and it all works so well. Another thing that makes this movie so amazing is that there are some twist and turns in the end which were excellent and worked perfect for the story. The last thing I need to mention about the story it's self is the final five minutes to this movie. The final five minutes to this movie is just so spectacular and ends this trilogy in a perfect way, I'll admit I got tears in my eye cause I was sad it all ended. The reason for the story being great is because of Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan's screenplay, without that we wouldn't have any of this. As good as the story is the dialogue is also what makes this movie, some of the dialogue is very emotional, terrifying, and at times clever and funny. Also the characters were all written so well. The way Bruce Wayne's character was written in this movie was just terrific because it's a Bruce Wayne we've never seen on screen before. I also really liked the character of Selina Kyle, I always liked her character in comics, games, TV shows, and all that but I didn't really know what it would be like in a Nolan movie. It turns out her character was written so well that I was just truly amazed. Bane's character is also very well written and as the movie goes on you learn more about him. Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan just do a fantastic job in this movie and ended the trilogy in a perfect way.

Christopher Nolan has done a fantastic job directing this whole trilogy; he has really made a name for himself directing this trilogy. Nolan is one of the best directors out there now and for him to direct this whole trilogy was just amazing. I'm glad he never left because his directing in these movies was just fantastic. Nolan's directing in this movie shines once again; everything in this movie looks so amazing. A couple times in the movie the characters were in the sewers, including a fight sequence between Batman and Bane, and it just looked amazing down there because it was so dark and gritty down there. I also really liked how Gotham City looked when Bane was taking over Gotham because it looked so stranded and helpless which worked perfectly. The action sequences in this movie were also directed very well and looked very realistic. The action in this movie is on a much bigger scale so this packs a lot of action and it's just stunning. The chorography was amazing in this movie was great and made the fight sequences look amazing and very brutal, especially for the fight between Batman and Bane which were awesome scenes. Also have to say that the special effects for this movie were very good. Overall Nolan's directing for these movies was just truly stunning.

The thing that makes these movies is the acting because the actors just become their characters. I had some worries about the acting going into this movie but when the movie ended I was completely satisfied. Christian Bale returns for the third time and to me this has got to be his greatest performance out of all three films. What makes his performances so great is that he becomes his character and in the previous movies he played the playboy version of Bruce Wayne but this time his this depressed Bruce Wayne. Just by looking at Bale in the beginning movie you can feel that this man has seen many things in his life and the way he talks can also make you tell that this man is upset with life. Bruce is changing through the whole movie from being a depressed man to being a man who will do anything to save his city; Bale just does a tremendous job. After all three of these movies Bale truly is Bruce Wayne/Batman to me. Before this movie, everyone was wondering if Tom Hardy would be a better villain than Heath Ledger, well let's just say we shouldn't be comparing them. These are two completely different characters so don't worry about that when you see this movie. Tom Hardy does do a fantastic performance though because it's one of those performances were you have a hard time knowing it's him. Tom Hardy just looked so menacing in this movie because of his strength and his voice is just terrifying. Now when I saw the prologue to this movie when Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol came out I was one of the many people who complained about Bane's voice and how it was hard to hear him, since then they have fixed his voice but at times is still may be a bit hard to hear. The performance that surprised me the most was Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. I was a bit skeptical about her going into the movie but after the first scene she was in I was sold. Her character is really smart, can kick-ass, and really sexy and Anne Hathaway had all that. I just loved seeing her on the screen because she was Selina Kyle, she exactly like the character from the Batman universe. Another newcomer to this series is Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays John Blake and is just great like everyone else here. He's a great actor and I was excited when I heard he was casted and overall he gave a great performance. His character had a great story and he just became everything he was supposed to be. Another great actor put to good use in this movie is Marion Cotillard who plays Miranda Tate and gives a very good performance as well. Of course you still have the veterans in this movie, which is Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine as Alfred, they all give magnificent performances, which really isn't a surprise. All this actors are phenomenal and is one of the many things that made this trilogy.

The score for the first two movies are two of the greatest scores in cinema history and the score to this movie isn't much different. Each movie the score changes and this score truly is electrifying. Hans Zimmer has done it again!


It's been seven years since Batman Begins first released and brought us hope after Batman and Robin. Since then Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy has become the greatest superhero trilogy and in my mind I think it'll be that way forever. Not only is this movie the best superhero trilogy but one of the greatest trilogies ever made. I loved all these movies and it's going to be hard for me to see the trilogy come to an end but boy was it a damn good conclusion. This movie wraps it up perfectly and after seeing it I know I'll be seeing it many more times in the future. After this Batman trilogy I honestly don't think there will be another Batman series that will be as good as these movies. The Dark Knight Rises is truly a magnificent film with a fantastic story, great writing, awesome action, stunning directing, and an all-star cast who all give phenomenal performances. I don't know if it'll get that much recognition at the Oscars but I do hope it does because it deserves it. If you love Batman you'll love this movie and if you're just a fan of Nolan you will not be disappointed. I think it's safe to say that Batman and Robin is in ashes now.

After what happened in Aurora, Colorado I would like to add that my heart goes out to all those victims, their families, and their loved ones. I wish those who are injuries a good recovery and may those who were killed Rest In Peace.
7-20-12

The Dark Knight

In 2005 Christopher Nolan brought us his version of Batman in Batman Begins. Batman Begins turned out to be a success and certainly made up for the two horrible Joel Schumacher Batman movies. At the time Batman Begins was the best movie out of the comic book genre because it was way more than a comic book movie, it had a fantastic story that made Batman very dark and gritty. Batman Begins was an excellent film and personally one of my all time favorites because of how realistic it was. Once you think it couldn't get any better than this it does because then The Dark Knight comes out. I remember a few years back when the hype for The Dark Knight was unbearable and when it came out. I remember hanging out at my friend's house and he showed me the trailer to The Dark Knight and I just amazed. Soon, opening night came and when I walked out of that theater I was absolutely amazed, later on I would go to see it a couple more times the theater. Now Batman Begins was excellent but The Dark Knight in my mind is a masterpiece. Everything in this movie is just absolutely stunning weather it's the story telling, the acting, or the action; it's all amazing in this film. One thing that I really liked about this movie is that it at least got some recognition at the Oscars, even though it should have been nominated for Best Picture. This right here is the greatest comic book movie ever made right now and definitely one of the greatest movies ever made, Christopher Nolan has just done so much with his take on Batman and it's all wonderful. Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest directors put there right now and knowing him he'll be a legend soon.

It's been awhile since Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) first became the Batman. When he became Batman he made it his mission to go out there and get rid of all the scum on the streets and put them behind bars and it's been going very well with the help of Lt. Jim Gordon (played by Gary Oldman). Batman and Gordon's alliance is working very well but a new hero is out there putting criminals away and he doesn't need to wear a mask, this man is District Attorney Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart), who is also currently dating Rachel Dawes (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) who is Bruce's oldest friend. All three of these men are keeping all the criminals off the street and are so close to putting Gotham's mob away, until a new criminal comes to town who is ready to burn Gotham City to the ground, the Joker (played by Heath Ledger, RIP). The Joker is just a psychotic maniac who is just destroying Gotham City, Batman and his allies have never faced anyone like this and they don't even know if they can stop him. The Joker has plenty tricks up his sleeve and is really pushing Batman to the limits.

God there is way too much greatness in this film. Right from the opening scene you know your going to be in for one hell of a ride. Now the opening scene is a group of Joker thugs who are robbing a bank, now in cinema history there have been some great heist but in my mind this is the best heist I've seen in a movie and it's only about six minutes long. What makes this scene so awesome is that it's so clever and you get to see what the Joker is all about, you get to see that this guy is not messing around what so ever. Yeah he's a clown but he takes his work very seriously. Right after you get the opening scene were it introduces the Joker you get an awesome scene were you first see the Batman, just like the opening Joker scene you get this electrifying action scene that keeps you at the edge of your seat. Those two scenes kept me at the edge of my seat and after those two scenes I remained at the edge of my seat because everything in this movie is just so interesting. This movie's screenplay was just written beautifully by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan. They make every scene thrilling or interesting, even the conversations that just Bruce Wayne has with other people are interesting. In this movie you are just so into everything that is going on and the people in it. The story is just absolutely fantastic and has many memorable scenes because they were written perfectly, especially the interrogation scene between the Batman and Joker. This movie also has a brilliant finale. Because of how much I'm into this movie I got a bit teary eyed because of the ending, it was just so spectacular and it just leaves you waiting for the next movie. Not only was the story written beautifully, but the characters as well. Bruce Wayne/Batman is still fantastic in this movie. In this movie he still has that playboy in him and still has that thirst for vengeance but you also get to see jealousy in him to. You also get to see him trying to find out if the Joker is even stoppable. The written character in this movie is no doubt the Joker, he's not just a maniac who just wants to be evil to be evil but a maniac that's proving a point. The screenplay is one of the many things in this movie that makes it a masterpiece.

Also in this movie you get to see better directing and bigger action. The directing in this movie is just phenomenal because this time around Christopher Nolan was using IMAX cameras and the scenes shot in IMAX were just stunning. The action in this movie was just amazing and a blast to watch because some of the scenes in this movie are just so memorable. The big chase that goes on half way through the movie is just stunning to watch and puts IMAX to great use and one of the most memorable action scenes I've ever watched. Even the shots of buildings that were in IMAX are just stunning to look at. One quick little thing that I should mention is that the Blu-Ray to this movie is just stunning. The picture is amazing and it the scenes that were shot in IMAX still looks as it did in theaters, definitely pick this up if you have a Blu-Ray player.

The one thing that just makes this movie is the acting, without these actors this movie would not be the masterpiece it is. Once again returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman is Christian Bale who gives another phenomenal performance. Once again he is Bruce Wayne and he is that Batman. Not only is he just a millionaire and a crime fighter but you can also see that he's just a normal guy when he get's jealous of Harvey Dent since he's dating Rachel. Also say what you say about Bale's Batman voice but I think it's perfect. Overall Bale gives another strong performance. No doubt the best performance of this whole movie is Heath Ledger. The death of Heath Ledger was just so tragic and so unexpected but before he passed away he gave the greatest performance of his career and also the greatest villain performance. Ledger just becomes this Joker in this movie and the character of the Joker was just stunning in this movie. He's not doing what he's doing just to do it, he's doing all this stuff to prove a point and Ledger does it perfectly. Heath Ledger is also the first Joker or even the first villain to scare the crap out of me. Heath is just so menacing in this movie and is definitely the greatest villain performance and also one of the greatest performances in cinema history. He's probably the only villain that I wanted to see more of than the actual hero. One thing that I have to mention is because of the strong performances by Bale and Ledger they just made the interrogation what it was. Like I said earlier the interrogation scene is one of the most memorable scenes in movie history and the performance combined with the writing is just absolutely spectacular. Heath Ledger deserved the Oscar he won for Best Supporting Actor as the Joker 100% and may he rest in peace. Another great addition to the Batman franchise is Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. Harvey Dent is just like the Batman because he wants justice but he's not a superhero, and if you're a huge Batman fan you know what happens to Dent and Aaron Eckhart just captures the role. I just loved watching Eckhart on screen because his character's story was so interesting and he just became Harvey Dent so it made it even more interesting to watch. Replacing Katie Holmes we got Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes and she does a great job. Katie Holmes did give a great performance in Batman Begins but I thought Gyllenhaal did a way better job and for what was going on in this movie
I felt she was the right choice. Returning in this movie is Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and they're all fantastic actors so of course they give great performance in this movie.

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard return to do the score once again and it's still fantastic and one of the best scores ever.

This movie is a masterpiece in every single way. Me and many others felt that this movie should have been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars but it's very easy to get past that fact that it didn't since Ledger won Best Supporting Actor and it only matters on out opinions. This is definitely one of my all time favorites and is probably in my top five films ever made. What makes Nolan's movies so awesome is that he makes feel as this can happen and proves that comic book movies can be way more. If you love Batman you'll love this movie, if you don't like this movie you will still think this movie is great, if you love movies you'll love this movie. The Dark Knight is one of the best films ever made and if people dislike this movie, well I just wouldn't know what to think.

Batman Begins

Batman. Growing up Batman was always my favorite superhero because there's no one else that is like him. Movies, TV shows, and comics/graphic novels, they're all great if they're done right. In 1989 Tim Burton came out with Batman and in 1992 the sequel to Batman, Batman Returns, came out and they were both great films but they weren't perfect. In 1995 Joel Schumacher came out with Batman Forever and two years later he came out with Batman and Robin. Personally I did not like Batman Forever and almost everyone feels that Batman and Robin was just horrible, possibly one of the worst films ever made and definitely the worst superhero film ever made. Eight after Batman and Robin, Batman Begins was released but some people lost faith and thought Batman and Robin killed the Batman franchise. Although Batman and Robin was just a horrible mess I'm glad it came out because if that had not have been released we probably would have never gotten Christopher Nolan's Batman movies. Batman Begins is just a spectacular and the first Batman movie that I thought was perfect in everyway, I just absolutely love this film. This is also the first Batman film and probably the first comic book movie to feel as if this were all real; this movie isn't just a superhero film but a crime drama. Everything that goes on is this movie could actually happen in this movie. Christopher Nolan has brought us one of the best superhero films ever and to me, one of my favorite movies.

Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) has always been tormented by the past, when he was a little boy he witnessed both of his parents get shot right in front oh him. Even though he lives in a giant mansion and lives with his butler, Alfred (played by Michael Caine), he cannot get the feeling of guilt and anger out of him so he goes of and learns the ways of criminals so he can stop them. One day he meets Henri Ducard (played by Liam Neeson) who offers Bruce a path that can help him fight crime and be an unstoppable force. Bruce accepts Henri's offer and learns how to be an unstoppable force with the League of Shadows, whose leader is Ra's Al Ghul (played by Ken Watanabe). After something goes terrible at the end of his training Bruce takes his training and goes back to Gotham City were he's always lived. The city is full of criminals and the corrupt with only a few good people such as Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes), Bruce's friend since his childhood, and Jim Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) who is one of the only cops who isn't corrupt. In a city that is filled with crime Bruce Wayne makes it his mission to get rid of all the scum and turns himself into a symbol, that symbol is the Batman. As the Batman he uses his training and the gadgets he get's from Lucius Fox (played by Morgan Freeman) to stop all the criminals in Gotham, but can his training stop this plan that no one knows about other than Seneca Crane (AKA The Scarecrow)(played by Cillian Murphy) and his master that no one knows who he is?

One thing that the previous Batman movies has never really done is go deep into Bruce Wayne's past and all his training, in this movie you get to see his whole journey into becoming the Batman and it is done beautifully. This whole movie is done beautifully and getting to Bruce Wayne's training is just fantastic to see on screen. This movie is basically split into three parts, his training, becoming the Batman, and he is the Batman and all of it is just great. Right from the opening scene you just get sucked into this movie and you remained sucked into the film all the way to the end credits. What I love about this movie is that it doesn't feel like a superhero film at all because of how realistic it is. In this world we see corruption and criminals everywhere and I just really loved how they made it seem as real as they can. Because of how realistic this movie is it has a fantastic story. The story to this movie is just so interesting, not one scene in this entire movie is boring. David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan did a fantastic job at writing the screenplay for this film; they just make every scene so interesting and really kept you invested with this film. Every scene in this movie has something interesting about it and it makes it so hard to look away or turn your brain off. The dialogue in this movie is also magnificently written in this movie and is another thing that keeps you interested with the film. Another thing that I loved is how good the characters were written because you actually care for them and want the good guys to succeed. Overall the writing to Batman Begins is perfect my mind with not one single flaw.

Not only does this movie pack a great story with a fantastic screenplay, but also has some spectacular directing and awesome action. Christopher Nolan just makes the universe of Batman come to life; he just directs this movie spectacularly. Some of the shots in this movie of Gotham City makes it as if it were some normal city but then you see shots of the other side of Gotham and it looks so dark and gritty. Christopher Nolan is just one of the best directors out there and he started something really big in this movie. Visually this movie looks amazing and the special effects are great in this movie as well. As for the action in this movie it's just awesome to watch and is choreographed so well.

Another thing this film manages to do is have one stunning cast. Christian Bale is just spectacular in this movie as Bruce Wayne/Batman. This is the first Batman movie were I actually thought the actor playing Bruce/Batman actually becomes the character. Everything he does in this film is just perfect because he can play both characters, at one point he's this millionaire playboy and at another point he becomes this creature of the night that is looking for justice. Also just by looking at him you can see that this man has been through a lot and that he has all that anger locked away inside himself. Bruce Wayne, I mean Christian Bale just does an absolute phenomenal job here and one if his best performances. I do know some people that just think Katie Holmes isn't that good of an actor in this movie and just a cute face but to me I actually thought she was great in this movie. Her character Rachel Dawes is this woman looking for justice and I completely bought Holmes performance as Rachel Dawes. Her chemistry Bale in this movie was also very good. Gary Oldman just gives an extraordinary performance in this movie as Jim Gordon, I've always really liked the relationship between Gordon and Batman and it works so good in this movie because of Gary Oldmans performance. Another character I've always liked is Alfred and Michael Cain is just amazing as Alfred, he's kind of like Bruce's father and is way more than a butler. Now the villain in this movie is The Scarecrow and I've always like him as a villain and Cillian Murphy does a very good at portraying the character, when you look at him you may not see much but when he sprays you with his fear gas it's going to be hell for you. Morgan Freeman is great as always and you can't forget Liam Neeson's spectacular performance, Neeson is a great actor and his performance in this movie is just stunning.

The score to this movie is just absolutely amazing. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have created one of the most memorable scores in movie history and fits the movie perfectly.

In the end you don't just get a superhero film but a fantastic crime drama. This is one of the best superhero films ever made and in my mind a classic. I don't think I will ever get tired of this movie because of it brilliance. Christopher Nolan just sucks us into the world of Batman and it's truly unforgettable to me, this is one of my favorite movies of all time and will probably stay that way until I die. If you love superhero movie this is one to be sure to check out and even if you don't know anything about Batman or superheroes just check it out because it's way more than some comic book movie. This movie has it all, story, action, and everything else you can imagine. Another thing this movie does a great job at is making us forget about Batman and Robin.

Dillinger
Dillinger(1973)
½

In 1945 director Max Nosseck's Dillinger was released and tells the story of John Dillinger, who was played by Lawrence Tierney. The film wasn't entirely accurate but it was still an enjoyable gangster flick with a really good screenplay by Philip Yordan and a solid cast that did a fine job. Twenty-seven years later, John Milius's film about the bank robber was released that has the same title as the 1945 film, Dillinger. This movie in both written and direct by John Milius and the outcome is a very good gangster flick, better than the 1945 Dillinger. This movie has plenty to enjoy but along the way I found some things that I didn't entirely like and some things that I just hated. This is may not be a classic, but it is definitely a film that is worth checking out.

This film takes place during the Great Depression were getting money is very hard, but not for John Dillinger (played by Warren Oates) and his gang. John Dillinger's gang is one of the most dangerous gangs out there and is filled with killers and robbers. No one has ever stopped Dillinger but one G-Man, Melvin Purvis (played by Ben Johnson) has made it his job to stop all big time killers and robbers, sure enough Dillinger is on that list. Purvis is certain he will take Dillinger down and Dillinger is certain that he'll never get caught, and if he is caught it won't be for long. Also in this film you see the romance he had with Billie Frechette (played by Michelle Philips), his daring escapes from prison, and the his exciting bank robberies.

John Milius had a lot to do in this movie, he directed and wrote the script. Overall he did a fine job. I thought his directing in this movie was really good and he shows us that in the opening scene. The opening scene to this movie was just wonderful and had great writing and great directing. The directing in this movie is great all throughout the movie and I really had no complaints about it, as for the writing I did have a few problems. The main problem that I had with this movie was the way they showed the romance between John Dillinger and Billie Frechette. At first I thought it was pretty decent but as the movie went on I just started to hate it and after the movie I started to think about the movie and realized that the start of their relationship wasn't even that good. At first I thought it was the acting but going back to the start of their relationship I realized that it was Milius's fault with his poor writing of the romance. Even though this has nothing to do with the writing I have to say that the music that was going on during those romantic scenes was just horrible and made it seem like the movie was a movie all about love. Other than the romance I thought this movie was written very well. Even though this movie isn't entirely accurate I enjoyed everything about the writing, other than the romance. This movie has some great scenes and some great dialogue. One scene that I found very amusing and clever is a scene where Purvis and Dillinger are both at the same restaurant with their dates, I thought the scene was very clever and well written.

One thing worth mentioning in this review is that this movie has some very exciting shootouts that are fun to watch, especially the huge shootout between the FBI and the Dillinger gang in the third act of the film.

The acting in this movie has it's good along with some performances that are questionable. In this movie Warren Oates steals the show as John Dillinger. Although I liked the character of John Dillinger in the 1945 version I liked this one a lot better, in the 1945 version John Dillinger at times looked harmless but could also be very dangerous and in this movie I always felt that this guy is dangerous. Warren Oates just does a great job at this role because he feels so intimidating and you know this guy is trouble just by looking at his face. Like I said earlier I hated the romance in this movie and thought it was written horribly, the only thing I liked about it was Oates performance but on the other hand you got Michelle Philips performance. Oates was the only good thing about the romance in this movie but Michelle Philips was just horrible in everyway. If her performance was actually good I could have probably gotten past the bad writing and actually enjoyed the romance between those two but she was just bad. In almost every scene she's in she's just horrible and there's one scene in particular were I was just so annoyed by her. One thing that makes up for Philip's is Ben Johnson's performance as Melvin Purvis. I completely bought that he was a G-Man wanting to take down all these killers and I even felt that if I were a criminal I would be very intimidated by this guy. Other performances that are worth mentioning are Harry Dean Stanton as Homer Van Meter, Richard Dreyfuss as Baby Face Nelson, and Steve Kanaly as Pretty Boy Floyd.

In the end the 1973 version of Dillinger is a very good film but not quite great. Other than one area the writing is superb, the directing is great, the acting is great with the exception of a few and it all combines into one damn good movie. The romance does take this movie down quite a bit and this movie isn't entirely accurate about John Dillinger's life of crime and that's what kept me from thinking this is a great film. If you can get past the stupid romance and enjoy gangster flicks this is definitely worth checking out and if your looking for a good movie about John Dillinger's life I would say check it out because it's a bit more accurate than the 1945 version.

Dillinger
Dillinger(1945)

Growing up I was always interested in gangsters. I don't know a whole lot of history for gangsters but one subject I've always known a little on was the John Dillinger era. In his time he was Public Enemy Number One because of the banks he and his gang robbed. I have also been interested in gangster films my whole life and I'm always interested in seeing ones I've never seen so when I found the movie Dillinger (1945) I was a bit excited since it was about John Dillinger. Although it is not great, nor tells the story of John Dillinger that good, it is still an enjoyable 70 minutes. This movie has some qualities that make a gangster film great but also has some moments where the movie seems weak.

Dillinger follows the life of John Dillinger (played by Lawrence Tierney) as he starts out as a petty thief and his rise in power. After committing a small robbery Dillinger is sent to prison for just a little while since his crime wasn't major. In jail he meets Specs Green (played by Edmund Lowe), at first they start out on the wrong side but after awhile they become friends. Spec introduces Dillinger to his gang who are a group of bank robbers and except Dillinger into the gang. Once Dillinger is released from jail he finds a way to get the whole gang out of jail, once he get's them out the start their crime spree and become the polices number one priority.

To be honest this movie shouldn't have been called Dillinger, this movie shouldn't have even been about John Dillinger because they really didn't get much right. From what I know they only got a couple things right and the rest was just made up. Even though this movie didn't get much right about the history of John Dillinger the movie itself is actually not that bad at all, far from perfect but still a good gangster flick. From the beginning to the end this movies story kept me interested although it did have some problems. I thought the story to this movie was actually very well written. The dialogue was good (with the exception of some lines), the story telling was very good (with the exception of some predictable moments), and the character development was great. This whole movie you see character changing and it's just so interesting to watch and the actors did so well at playing their roles. Sometimes the dialogue is a bit cheesy and some things are predictable and some editing is pretty bad but it's easy to get past that, overall this is a pretty good screenplay by Philip Yordan.

As far as acting goes this movie had some pretty good performances. All the characters in this movie were written great and the cast did a great job at portraying their characters. From the start to the movie to the very end you see John Dillinger changing and Lawrence Tierney does a wonderful job at showing that. Sometimes he feels just like a normal guy but in some scenes he feels like a very dark person who is just messed up in the head. Another performance that is very good in this film is by Edmund Lowe who plays Spec Green. I saw Specs changing a lot and thought he was a very good character and well acted by Lowe, he was a good mentor to Dillinger. The only performance in this movie that wasn't that great is from Anne Jeffreys who plays Helen Rogers, the character wasn't anything special and any young actress could have done it.

In the end you get a pretty good gangster flick, forgettable but a fun time for the 70 minutes your watching it. This movie is not really a story about John Dillinger's real life; it's just a story about a group of bank robbers that includes a few things about Dillinger's life that is written very well. This movie does have it's up and it's downs but overall I would recommend this movie. If you just want to see a good gangster flick this is a movie to watch, if you want a great movie about the life of John Dillinger I recommend you try and find something else to watch. In a world that has many gangster classics and greats this is nothing compared to them but still a very good watch.

Brave
Brave(2012)

Pixar films are some of the most delightful films I've ever seen. No matter how old I get I will always watch a Pixar movie because they're always so clever, funny, and always have a way of touching your heart. Pixar has made some magnificent films in the past, like the Toy Story movies, Up, The Incredibles, and many more. Even if a Pixar film isn't great, they are still enjoyable to watch. Now when I first saw the trailer of Brave I had hopes because it was a Pixar film, so of course and it looked like it could have been a fun ride, unfortunately when I walked out of Brave I came out disappointed. To me Brave was just not interesting and had very few things that make a Pixar film great. This was just a mess in some areas but there are a few things to enjoy from Brave.

Brave tells the story of a young princess named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who is the daughter of King Fergus (voiced by Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voiced by Emma Thompson) and is an older sister to her three devilish brothers (who are triplets). Merida is a very skilled archer and just absolutely loves to go out in the wild and get into some little adventures, but her mother doesn't approve this because she wants Merida to be the Queen one day and has been training Merida to be one. Since Queen Elinor wants Merida to be the Queen one day she invites to neighboring clans to bring their leaders oldest son to have a competition and who ever wins that competition wins Merida's hand in marriage. Merida is outraged by this and runs off into the forest. While Merida's in the forest she finds a Witch (voiced by Julie Walters) who can create a spell that will change Merida's fate. The spell works but it's not the kind of change Merida wanted. The spell ended up turning into something horrible and if Merida doesn't undo the spell in a certain amount of time the spell will be permanent.

Now that I think about it there is only one thing that made think this movie was bad and it probably is the most important part of making a movie, the writing.
To me this movie was just so poorly written except for the first 30 minutes or so. When this movie first started I hooked because the opening was just so exciting and after that scene I managed be interested in the film for about another 30 minutes, but then the twist came. When the movie was at about the half way point the story took me in a whole other direction than I thought it would and from that point on I was just not interested. The reason why I wasn't interested in the story after the twist is because it wasn't written well, it just turned out to be silly, sloppy, predictable story that we have seen many times. Now that is really sad for Pixar because they have some of the most interesting stories ever written. The story in Brave was never clever and the story never brought us anything new. Another thing that is very disappointing about this movie is that I never cared about the characters. The characters were written fine but not once did I care for any of the characters and in a Pixar film that's sad. The comedy part of this movie was just horribly written to me because it was too childish and silly.

Now I mentioned earlier that I never really cared for the character but that doesn't mean they were bad. I thought the character of Merida was a decent female lead (the first for Pixar) and that she had some great characteristics. I really liked how she wanted to be doing her own thing and that she wasn't afraid to take that extra step to get what she wanted. I also liked that she could defend herself with her skilled archery. Overall the character of Merida was pretty decent and Kelly Macdonald was a very good as the voice of Merida. I thought Macdonald had a perfect voice for the character of Merida and her line reading was good. One of the things that I actually liked about the story was the relationship between Merida and Queen Elinor because both characters were so different. Queen Elinor is the exact opposite of Merida and I really liked that because it actually brought some enjoyment on screen. Emma Thompson was good as well as the voice of Queen Elinor and the dialogue the Thompson and Macdonald was fun to listen to. King Fergus is an interesting character and has an interesting story (unfortunately it wasn't written well) and I thought Billy Connolly had a fin voice and did a fine job overall.

Now the best thing about this whole movie is no doubt the animation. Now I did not see this movie in 3D, just 2D, but I don't think that really mattered because the animation was just beautiful to look at. The castles, the woods, landscapes, all of it looks as if it were real. This is definitely Pixar's best movie yet when it comes to animation and as time goes on I'm sure we will probably see better.

Another quick thing to mention is that I thought the music to this movie was very good and fit the movie very well.

As I did enjoy some things from Brave it just turns out to be a mediocre movie that doesn't really have anything special besides the animation. I did like quite a few things in Brave but the poor writing ruined almost everything in this whole movie. If this movie didn't have fantastic animation and a good voice cast this movie would have been an absolute mess. Like I said many times the writing is just horrible because it didn't feel like a Pixar movie at all, it just felt like a typical animated film. If Pixar didn't make this movie I feel like I would have liked it better than I did. Now just because I felt this movie was a fail by Pixar doesn't mean you will, some may really enjoy this movie but there will be some people who share my opinion. I would say if you absolutely love Pixar you should check this movie out just to see it but if you only like the classics like Toy Story I recommend skipping this one.

Batman Gotham Knight

"Batman Gotham Knight" has six animated shorts and is a very fun time.

Have I got A Story For You
4/5
A Group of kids tell their stories to each other about the time they saw the Batman. Even though all their versions are different they all connect to each other. I thought this story was great and very fun to watch. Seeing all the different versions of Batman was very cool and the action was solid.

Crossfire
4/5
As two policemen drop off an inmate to an asylum they talk about their opinions on Batman. After the drop off they get caught in the middle of a firefight and only one person could possibly get them out. One of the best stories out of all six because of a great story and some exciting action.

Field Test
3.5/5
Lucius Fox creates some new gadgets for Bruce Wayne/Batman so he can test them. He soon finds a chance to test them out but are they to powerful? A fine little story that had a decent story with a great ending to it.

In Darkness Dwells
4.5/5
Scarecrow and Killer Croc have teamed up and captured a priest leading the Dark Knight to go out and stop them. A great story that included to great villains that were put to good use and thrilling from the start to the finish.

Working Through Pain
3/5
In this story we see flashbacks of Bruce Wayne's training as he crawls through the sewers with a bullet wound. I found this story the least interesting out of all six but I did find it a bit enjoyable and a little bit interesting.

Deadshot
4/5
Deadshot is a very skilled assassin who never misses his target and is assigned to go for a target in Gotham City and Batman must stop him at all cost. A great story but a tad bit predictable but it wasn't that huge of an issue, it was still fun to follow and watch.

Not one story on this DVD is bad and that's what makes this such a great DVD. What makes these stories so good is that they had a great team working on all these stories. One of the many things that makes this collection great is that they were all made with different teams and they were all great teams. All the stories are written great and have amazing animation, also some shots in some of the stories were just amazing to look at. The one thing that I loved about "Batman Gotham Knight" is Kevin Conroy is the voice of Bruce Wayne who voiced Batman in the animated series and his voice is just perfect for Batman so he is great in this. If you are a huge Batman fan "Batman Gotham Knight" is something that you should check this out.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

Spider-Man 3 is just an awful addition to this franchise because have two awesome films and then we have this movie. Spider-Man 3 is about Peter Parker once again who is living a happy life as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. He's in a very good relationship with Mary Jane the girl of his dreams and even planning on marrying her. Well Peter's happy life starts to get very bad after his best friend tries to kill and ends up losing his memory and also learned that someone else killed Uncle Ben, not the guy the originally thought. After all these events Peter's life starts to get much more darker and speaking of darker this weird goo from space get's on his Spidey suit and turns it into a black suit that makes him stronger and even changes himself a lot. The villains in this movie includes Sandman, The New Goblin, and Venom. When Spider-Man 3 first came out I actually really enjoyed it. I thought this movie was so good and even saw it in theaters three or so times, but that's when I was younger. The first two Spider-Man are truly incredible and if it's done right a third film could make the series even better but it doesn't, this movie could have easily been better but instead we get this crappy film. The one thing that I hated the most about this movie is writing. What made the first two movies so good is that they had a great story but in this movie the story is just crap because there are way to many things going on. There are a lot of stories going on in this movie and after awhile I really didn't even care about what was going on because none of it was good. I really like Spider-Man and it's been told in TV shows and comics how he got the black suit and it was always very cool to watch or read because it was interesting but this movie just told it in such a horrible, un-interesting way. I also though the whole Harry losing his memory was pretty dumb and stupid. Not only was the story written badly but some of the dialogue was pretty bad as well. The previous movies has some pretty awesome action scenes but this movie's action was just bad. There was only one scene in this whole movie that I enjoyed and that was the final action scene which was only decent. The most disappointing about this whole movie to me is that the cast was just awful in this movie. Tobey Maguire was just outstanding in this first two movies but he was just so bad and kinda annoying in this movie. Even thought his performance is pretty bad I really don't blame him because they way Peter was written in this movie was pretty awful. Kristen Dunst gives a very weak performance in this movie as well but I don't thin k it was the writers fault on that one. James Franco disappoints as well whose character and character's story was just written horribly and Franco was just not good in this movie. As for the other villains Thomas Haden Church was just not good in this movie and then Topher Grace was just absolutely terrible, one of the worst villains I have seen on screen. Overall Spider-Man 3 is a pretty awful film that should not be seen.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

Spider-Man 2 is a spectacular sequel to the already amazing Spider-Man that is just as good as the first if not better. Spider-Man 2 is about Peter Parker again and it's been going well for him. He's getting fired from his job, doing bad in college and even missing classes, and his relationship with Mary Jane is getting pretty bad all because of him being Spider-Man and being so busy with that. Peter's best friend, Harry Osborne, is still out to get Spider-Man after he blamed his fathers death on him and that doesn't help. Well something good and bad happened to Peter and that is he lost his Spidey powers. Once he loses his powers he tries to live a normal life but inside he knows he needs to be the hero of his city. He might have to make his decision quick because a new villain in on the street, Doctor Octopus who has four mechanical arms on his back and is out to finish an experiment he started that could destroy half of NYC. In 2002 Spider-Man released and became a hit and many people loved it including myself. Two years later Spider-Man 2 released and you know what, it turned out to be even more awesome. When I was a kid I absolutely loved this movie and even remember seeing this a couple of times in the theater and just like the first Spider-Man it's still awesome today. Like I said in my Spider-Man review I liked the Spider-Man movies a lot less the last time I watched them but my head was probably messed because after watching them I gotta say I love these movies. To me this is definitely one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. I'm not going to say it's my favorite because there are a few still better than this but in is definitely in my top five. One of the many things that makes this movie so good is the story. The first movie had an awesome story on how Spider-Man got started and this one has a great story because a superhero giving up crime fighting is just very interesting to watch. It's fun to watch Peter this throughout this whole movie again because you can see him debating on weather he should live a normal life or fighting crime. Peter isn't the only one that has an interesting story because Harry Osborne and Otto Octavius both have very interesting stories that are done very well. Just like the first movie this movie is both written magnificently and directed in just a great way. One thing that I just love about this movie is that the action in this movie is just so awesome. The action in this movie is just so exciting and thrilling that had me at the edge of my seat. Another thing to mention is this movie has one of the greatest scenes I have ever seen in a movie. Most of the cast from the original movie is back and are just as good as they were in the first movie. Tobey Maguire is back and gives another magnificent performance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and he just becomes his character once again. Kristen Dunst gives a great performance in this movie as well and I felt that her performance in this movie was much stronger than her performance in the first one. James Franco returns and his character is so much darker than the one we saw in the first movie and he played it great. Alfred Molina was just perfect in this movie as Doctor Octopus and was a great villain. Rosemary Harris returns and is great once again and so is J.K. Simmons who is still hilarious. Over Spider-Man 2 is a magnificent sequel and one of the best superhero flicks I have ever seen.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man(2002)

Spider-Man is an amazing superhero movie with many fantastic moments and so much to love about it. Spider-Man is about a high school student named Peter Parker who lives with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben and lives right next to his crush, the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson. Peter is one of the nerds of his grade and is very un-popular but his whole life changes at a field trip when he gets bitten by a genetically altered spider which gives him powers such as being able to climb walls, super strength, being a lot faster, and being able to shoot webs out of his hand. For awhile he doesn't know what to do with his powers but after a very tragic event he decides to use his powers to fight crime. Once he get's a costume he goes by the name of Spider-Man because of his powers of course and it turns out Peter chose the right time to become a hero because now he has to stop the Green Goblin who is terrorizing NYC. When I was growing up Spider-Man was one of those superheroes that I absolutely loved. I read a lot of the comics, had a bunch of toys, and of course loved the movies. When I last watched Spider-Man I liked a lot less than I use to and to be honest I don't know what was up with me because after watching it again I'm glad to say that I love this movie. This movie still holds up ten years after it was made because it's just an awesome movie. First off the story to this movie is very good and well written. I thought the whole origin story of Spider-Man was just fantastic to watch because it's just so fun to watch him learn to use his powers and then watch him turn into a hero. This whole movie you see Peter Parker changing into a different person and the events that make him change and they were all done very well. The screenplay by David Koepp in this movie was just brilliant and the Sam Raimi's directing was just magnificent because some of the shots in this movie just looked fantastic. The music in this movie is done by Danny Elfman and let me say this is one of the best scores I have ever heard because it just fits the movie so well. When it comes to the action in this movie it's just so fun to watch because it's so exciting. The effects in this movie aren't the greatest but I didn't mid that since the movie was made ten years ago. This movie also has a bit of humor in this movie and it's pretty funny. Another thing that stands out in this movie is the cast because the cast in this movie is just outstanding. Tobey Maguire just steals the show in this movie as Peter Parker/Spider-Man because he just fit the role perfectly. Like I said earlier Peter goes through a lot of changes throughout the whole movie and Maguire is just amazing as Peter so when he goes through these changes it's just amazing to watch. He's also really funny in this movie to. Willem Dafoe is absolutely great in this movie as well as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin because he just plays an insane person so well and he's also very menacing. Kristen Dunst is also very good in this movie and her chemistry with Maguire was very good in this movie. There are other great performance in this movie by James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, and a very funny J.K. Simmons. Overall Spider-Man is a fantastic superhero adaptation that is definitely worth watching.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
½

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a pretty fun movie but does have some issue. Borat is about Kazakhstan news reporter Borat Sagdiyev and Azamat Bagatov who travel to America so they can learn about this glorious country and teach them to their country, Kazakhstan. Once they get to America Borat forgets about making his documentary about America and falls in love with Pamela Anderson when he saw her on TV. He and Azamat are suppose to be filming in New York City but they soon ditch NYC and travel across America to California were Borat can find Pamela and hopefully marry her. First thing I wanna say in this review for people who don't know much about this movie is this is not entirely scripted, it is a mockumentary and that is a fake documentary. This is a movie were an actor runs around acting like an idiot in front of real people that does have some parts that were scripted. Now for some time I've heard that this is just a fantastic comedy and one of the best comedies but to be honest I don't think it's all that great. To me this is just a really fun movie and nothing special. Now one thing I really liked about this movie was the idea of the movie, I thought the idea of an actor running around interacting with real people while acting like a complete idiot was just a great idea. At times in the movie it was great to watch and brought some very entertaining scenes but there were also times in the movie that really weren't that clever to me. You can obviously see at times that the movie was scripted and to me those scenes were pretty boring because there really wasn't that much laughs during those scenes. However when it came to Sacha Baron Cohen running around and messing with real people I just thought it was great because it was just so entertaining to watch and had many laughs.The comedy in this movie is just so raunchy, racist, and a bit extreme at times but for the most part it works and is just hilarious but there are times in the movie were the comedy falls a bit flat and sometimes not even that funny. To me the best part of the whole movie is the acting. Sacha Baron Cohen just gives a great performance in this movie and the reason why he gives such a great performance is because he's not really afraid to do anything. He just got into his character and almost everything he did was just insane and I really like that about him. Ken Davitian gives a pretty decent performance in this movie and I respect him as well because and Baron Cohen do one of the craziest things in public that I have ever seen and something that I admire because it took a lot of courage to do. Overall Borat is a fun time and is a movie to check out if your not easily offended or don't mind a lot of raunchyness.

Ted
Ted(2012)

Ted is a hilarious movie that has many laughs and a great film debut for Seth MacFarlane. Ted starts out in 1985 and is about John who is a kid with no friends. During Christmas he get's a teddy bear a names him Ted and one night he wishes that Ted was alive. Well his wish comes true and Ted becomes a celebrity since he's a talking teddy bear. Fast forward 27 years into the future and Ted's fame is all over because it's been 27 years and everyone is used to a talking bear. John is now in a relationship that has lasted four years and Ted is a pot smoking, foul mouthed bear. The two are still best friends but their relationship is affecting the relationship that John and his girlfriend, Lori, have. Since it's been four years and John still hasn't proposed to Lori she decides that John has to chose to stay in a relationship with Lori or kick Ted out. Well he kicks Ted out but their still pals and you get to follow John and Ted and the adventures they have. When I first saw the trailer to Ted I was pretty excited to see it. The story to me looked really dumb but that was fine to me because it looked hilarious and I am a fan of Seth MacFarlane's work. I love Family Guy because it's a pretty hilarious show and to be honest I don't mind American Dad and Cleveland Show. However I did have my worries about his debut in film making and how he's directing it, writing it, and being the voice star but he ended up doing a great job. Yeah this movie did have it's problems but it was still pretty damn great. Now the story to this movie was decent and nothing great. There are some things to like about the story but there are some bad things. I did like the idea of bringing a teddy bear to life even though it's really stupid but I knew it was suppose to be dumb and it brought up some pretty funny moments. There are many scenes in this movie that are pretty awesome and hilarious but there are some cliches that we have seen happen in comedies many times before this. The ending is just like most comedies were we need to have this big dramatic scene and I didn't really like it because I thought it could have been more clever. I also felt that some parts of the movie could have been cut out because in the final act I felt it started to drag a bit. With this being the film debut for Seth MacFarlane it was a pretty good debut to have. I thought he did a very good job writing this movie and he also did a good job directing the movie as well. Now the best part of this movie is no doubt the comedy. Now before seeing this movie you gotta know Seth MacFarlane's type of comedy. It's going to be very raunchy, very offensive, and have a lot of pop culture references and this movie has all of that. I was excited to see what MacFarlane could do with an R rating since his TV shows are only TV-14 and there already funny enough but MacFarlane with an R rating is just hilarious. The comedy in this movie is just so hilarious. There are many scenes in this movie were I was just cracking up and some of the pop culture references were just awesome. There are also quite a few cameos in this movie and some of those cameos were just hilarious. Now the humor does fall flat a few times but that really didn't matter because that was only a few times. The acting in this movie is actually pretty good and is not what I expected. Mark Wahlberg does a great job in this movie and provides some great laughs and Mila Kunis gives a very good performance as well and surprised me because I thought she would just play a bitch the whole movie, she also provides some pretty good laughs. Seth MacFarlane steals the show as Ted and is just hilarious in this. Overall Ted is a great comedy that is must see for all MacFarlane fans.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

The Artist is truly a masterpiece and is a fantastic silent film made in the 21st century and is a real treat to film lovers. The Artist takes place in the late 20s and the beginning of the 30s and is about George Valentin who is a silent movie star who is at the the top of his game. After a screening of one of his films he meets Peppy Miller who is a young girl wanting to be an actor. She starts out as an extra in one of Valentin's films and starts an interesting relationship with Valentin but she soon grows into a star in the "talkies". With the success of the "talkies" the silent films die so that means Valentin's career starts to die. After that Valentin's life starts to turn into an absolute mess and with all the success Miller is having she but she still cares about Valentin after becoming friends after that screening. When I first heard of The Artist I was interested in seeing it but wondered how good it would be in the 21st century. Doing a silent film in the 21st century could be a clever idea and work great or it could be a disaster. After seeing hearing the many great reviews for this movie and seeing all the success it had at the Oscars I was very excited to see this film. Sure enough it did not disappoint. This movie is a true masterpiece and a great throwback to silent films. Now I have never seen a silent film and if I have I don't quite remember but I know they were popular for quite some time and I got to say making a silent film in the 21st century was a pretty risky move but everyone that was involved with this movie made it in such an amazing way. This movie is a silent movie (except for the ending) and you understand the whole way through. The whole story to this movie was truly wonderful because scene as written so well. One thing that was written so well to me was the character of George Valentin because it was just great watching him change throughout the whole movie. This movie was written so well because it has it all. Drama, humor, and it even has one of the most thrilling scenes I have ever seen. There is one seen in this movie were my heart was just pounding and had me at the edge of my seat, to me this is one the greatest scenes I have ever seen in a movie. The drama in this movie also works very well even though you can't hear the character and you also feel for the characters when something bad happened. I actually cared a lot about the character of George Valentin and got sad when everything bad was happening. There is also a little bit of humor in the movie that is pretty funny. Not only was this movie well written but the direction by Michel Hazanavicius was just truly spectacular. I actually felt as if I were in the 20s and 30s. As far as acting goes it is some of the best you will ever see . Jean Dujardin gives a magnificent performance in this film. He just becomes his character in this movie and the way he plays his character in certain scenes is just truly breathtaking. One of the best performances I have seen in quite sometime and the funny thing is you only hear him say two words the entire movie. Berenice Bejo is great as the lead actress and is totally believable and just becomes her character as well. John Goodman isn't in the film as much as the other but for the time he was in it he was just great. One other thing to mention in this movie is that the music is just incredible to listen to and the dancing was very good and well choreographed. Overall The Artist is a masterpiece and is a must see for all film lovers!

Superbad
Superbad(2007)

Superbad is by far one of the funniest movies I have ever seen and is definitely one of the best comedies I've ever seen. Superbad is about three high school losers Seth, Evan, and Fogell. It is their senior year and Seth really wants them to get girlfriends by the end of year so they can practice having sex over the summer before they go to college. Since they are all rejects they don't get into any parties but after Seth get's to know one of the popular girls, Jules, they get invited to a party that Jules is throwing. This night turns out to be one hell of a night for these seniors and one that they will never forget. Superbad is definitely one of the best comedies I have ever seen. Before you see this movie you should know that your getting into an hour and fifty minute of pure raunchy comedy from the minute this movie begins to the very end of this movie. Saying that this movie is a blast and there is not one boring moment in the whole movie. The story itself is just awesome. We've all heard the story of some group of rejects trying to be cool or get a girlfriend but this movie just tells it in such an awesome way. The things that happen in this movie are just crazy and that's what make this movie different from some other movies. After thinking about this movie after I watched it I started to question some parts of the plot and thought that some events didn't seem that realistic but then I thought that this is a movie and the main thing is to have fun with it so that's what I did. One thing that makes this a comedy masterpiece is the comedy of course. This movie is absolutely hilarious. The laughs are constant through the whole movie and every character has their moment. This movie was just magnificently written because the humor was great and you actually liked the characters. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are just great in this film. The chemistry between Hill's and Cera's characters is just magnificent and I bought through the whole movie. Each of them have some hysterical moments in this movie but I thought Hill was slightly better and thought this is his best performance so far. Christopher Mintz-Plasse give a hilarious performance in this movie just like Hill and Cera. Mintz-Plasse has some of the movies funniest scenes and one of those scenes is very well known which is him getting his fake ID and calling himself McLovin. Seth Rogen and Bill Hader are great in this movie to and are just hilarious as two cops who really don't give a crap about their job. The rest of the cast is great in this movie as well. Overall Superbad is one awesome comedy and is a must see for people who love comedies.

Machine Gun Preacher
½

Machine Gun Preacher is a fantastic film about the story of Sam Childers and the events that happened in his life. Machine Gun Preacher tells the story of Sam Childers who was in a biker-gang but after one event in his life he decided to change himself and lets god in to his life. After that he starts his own building company. After hearing the stuff that is happening in East Africa he makes a life-changing decision to go to Africa and help repair some homes. When he is in Africa he witnesses some un-speakable horrors and decides he wants to stay there and help all those kids in Africa who need help. When I first heard of Machine Gun Preacher I was very interested in seeing it because I like to learn things that I didn't know even happened. The story seemed interesting and it looked like it had some good drama with a little bit of action and it turns out to be one fantastic film. Before I watched this I knew the plot of the movie but what I didn't know is that this movie was about the LRA and Kony. I first heard of Machine Gun Preacher before KONY 2012 so I really didn't know what was happening in Africa but watching this movie after I saw KONY 2012 I knew what was happening in the movie and the history of the LRA. This whole movie is just amazing with some minor flaws. One thing that I really liked about this movie is learning about Sam Childers life. I thought this story was truly amazing and it was done in such a fantastic way. The story beautifully written and Marc Forster's directing was just magnificent. Another thing that works in this movie is that I just got so into this movie and when I was watching something that was just truly horrible I got sad and made me think a lot about whats going on in Africa. This movie also has some great drama that worked so well and some pretty good action scenes. One of the best things about this whole movie is Gerard Butler's performance. Gerard Butler gives a very strong performance and I thought he did a magnificent job at portraying Childers's life. The supporting cast in this movie is also very good which includes Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane, Madeline Carroll, and Kathy Baker. Overall Machine Gun Preacher is a fantastic film that I highly recommend you see.

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is an extraordinary film by Wes Anderson and has got to be one of the best films I've seen in quite some time. Moonrise Kingdom takes place in 1965 and is about two twelve year old kids named Sam and Suzy who are in love with each other. Since both of them have their have their problems with the people that are around them these two lovers run off together into the wilderness. Now Sam's troop leader, the local sheriff, Sam's troop, and Suzy's family must find these two kids and bring them back home. As this is all happening violent storm is closing in on this little island that they live on. When I first saw the trailer for Moonrise Kingdom I thought it looked like a great film and was pretty excited to see it. I got to say that I haven't seem any of Wes Anderson's films other than this but after watching this I want to see the rest of them. This movie has so many things that just makes this movie terrific. The story to this movie was just magnificent to me. I thought this was a fantastic love story that was told in such a fun way. The story has a good amount of humor and also a good amount of drama at times as well. The thing that makes this story so good is that it was written so well by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. The way everything happens in this movie is just terrific and there is not one scene in this movie that bored me. The characters in this movie were also written so well because you actually cared about them and feel bad for them when something bad happens to them. The dialogue between the characters in this movie is also magnificently written. Another thing to like about this movie is that is that this movie has you laughing at times because of the clever humor but you can also feel sad at times because of the events that happen to some of the characters. One thing that I loved about is that I was hooked right at the beginning of the movie because of the directing by Wes Anderson. Wes Anderson's directing is just beautiful in this movie and just makes everything come to life. This movie has a magnificent cast with two new actors who I think have a magnificent future. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward are the stars of this movie because they are just amazing in this movie. Everything they did worked perfectly. The way they played their characters, their humor, and their chemistry all worked. If this movie had some bad, annoying kid actors this movie could have been ruined but thankfully they didn't. I am really excited to see what these kids do next. This movie has a fantastic supporting cast and has some of the best actors out there. Bruce Willis gives a great performance in this movie as the sheriff and is something different than most of his roles which I really liked. Edward Norton plays the troop leader and gives a fantastic performance and played his character in such a magnificent way. Frances McDormand and Bill Murray play Suzy's parents and they are great in this movie, especially in the dramatic scenes. Overall Moonrise Kingdom is an amazing film that is definitely one of my favorites of the year and a film that I highly recommend.

Project X
Project X(2012)

Project X is a film that has very little to offer and could have been done much better. Project X is about three high school students, Thomas, Costa, and J.B, who are kinda of like the losers that no one really knows. It's Thomas's birthday and his parents are out of town so Costa wants to throw one huge birthday celebration for Thomas but Thomas doesn't want it to be that big since he's worrying that his parents will find out about it. Thomas agrees to the party but he doesn't want that many people, well let's just say a lot of people showed up. What starts out as a normal party soon turns into chaos by the end of the night and you get to follow these characters the whole night from the camera of Dax who is recording this whole event. When I first heard of Project X and saw the trailer I really wasn't that interested in it and thought it could have been just a decent party flick. After seeing it I gotta say I didn't even think it was even decent. Now let me start out by saying this will not be for everyone, this movie is targeted for teenagers and people who love to party. Now I am a teenager but I'm not a huge party guy and have never been to big party but I like these types of movies but this movie was just bad.There is somethings to like about Project X but there's not that much. The one thing that kinda ruined the movie for me is the story and how it was written. The story it's self was already pretty cool but it was done in such a horrible way because everything was poorly written. I mean somethings would just would just happen over and over and it gets boring. Even though most of the movie was poorly written I do have to admit their were some parts of the movie at the party that I thought were interesting and fun. The comedy in this movie isn't very that good and only has a few laughs here and there. This movie is filled with a bunch of actors that no one knows but in a movie like this I don't think they'll get discovered as great actors. Thomas Mann gives a decent performance for what he was given and plays a good high school loser but I just kinda found him boring throughout the movie. Oliver Cooper shows no potential in this movie of being a good actor because he was just so annoying and Jonathan Brown and his character just felt useless to me. The main problem about these character is that their not new because we've seen these characters a thousand time in movies better than this. To me the best performances in this whole movie are from Nick Nervies and Brady Hender who play the party's security guards and they both pretty funny in this movie. Overall PRoject X is a lame attempt of a party movie that could have brought a lot more but didn't.

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go is a great drama/comedy and Ferrell proves in this movie that he isn't just a comedian. Everything Must Go is about salesman Nick Halsey who is just really down on his luck. He has been fired from his job and his wife left him and just left all his stuff on his lawn and the backyard. Now Nick is living on on his lawn with everything that was in his house. Things soon get worst because now Nick is told he has to sell his stuff or he will have to go to jail. Some good things do come Nick's way as he forms a relationship a kid Kenny and his new neighbor Samantha. Now all Nick can do is hope for the best. Normally when you hear Will Ferrell's name in a movie you think that it's going to be some wacky comedy but that is not the case for Everything Must Go. Everything Must Go is based of the story of Raymond Carver and it is a very interesting and is very well done in this film. This film has so much to offer and is definitely worth watching, if your not a fan of Ferrell's work don't think that this will be the same as any other of his movies because it's not. Like I mentioned the story in this movie is based of another mans life and in this movie it's very well done. One thing that I liked about this movie is that these characters are actually characters you care about, during this whole film I actually felt bad for the main character and Ferrell played this role so well. The characters in this movie are very likable and I enjoyed watching this man's life because it was done in a very good way. The script to this movie was great along with the great directing. Because you see Ferrell's name in this movie you may think that this movie would have a lot of comedy or even if you just watch the trailer you may think it might have a lot of comedy but there's really not that much. There is some funny moments in this movie but there wasn't that many which wasn't really a bad thing. What worked so well in this movie to me is that the drama worked very well. Like I said earlier I felt for the characters and at times I felt very sad. Another thing that makes this movie is the acting. Will Ferrell gives a terrific performance in this movie and really proved a lot. Ferrell is a great comedian to me but he is also great in those dramatic roles and he proves that in this movie. He can be funny in this movie and he was also great in the dramatic scenes. Christopher Jordan Wallace gives a great performance in this movie and his relationship with Ferrell's character worked so well in this movie. Rebecca Hall and Michael Pena give solid performances in this movie as well. Overall Everything Must Go is a great dramedy that is worth checking out.

Man on a Ledge
½

Man on a Ledge is a decent thriller that really doesn't have anything special about it but it was a bit enjoyable. Man on a Ledge is about ex-cop Nick Cassidy who was framed for a crime he didn't commit. After he escapes from prison he goes to a hotel and stands on the ledge of the building. What seems to be just a suicide turns out to be something much more as his brother, Joey, and Joey's girlfriend Angie try to find proof that Nick is innocent. NYPD negotiator Lydia Mercer is trying to get Nick of the Ledge but she soon starts to get a little bit suspicious. Now the question is will Nick be proved innocent or will the police catch on to his plan and go back to prison. When I saw the trailer to Man on a Ledge I thought it could be a really good movie. The plot looked very good and entertaining, it looked like it could have been a great thriller, and it had a pretty solid cast. After watching this it wasn't all that good but it wasn't all that bad either. Some parts of this movie worked really well in this flick but some parts just fell flat. Some people will enjoy this movie and I did a little but not all that much and I'm going to say what worked to this movie and what didn't work. First of the story. Like I said earlier I thought this story looked very interesting but to be honest it really didn't work that well. At times I was interested in what was on screen but this movie in to predictable and just uses the same things as almost any other action flick. Some parts were also pretty dumb and stupid and that is because this movie wasn't that well written. It wasn't horrible writing but some scenes and dialogue were just dumb but other than that it was pretty decent. I was hoping to get some good action scenes or really thrilling scenes out of this movie but I really didn't get that. For the most part I thought they were boring, the best action scene in this whole movie is definitely the finale to this movie which I thought was actually really fun. This movie has a pretty solid cast and I thought some were good some not so good. Sam Worthington gives a pretty good in this movie. I felt that he was the best actor in this whole movie and I bought that he was this man trying to prove his innocence. Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell are both pretty decent in this movie as the supporting actors but Genesis Rodriguez was just bad in this movie. She had one scene in this whole movie were I liked her in and that included no dialogue and you just had to look at her. I didn't think Anthony Mackie was needed in this movie because he and his character didn't really mean anything. I also thought that Ed Harris wasn't that good as the protagonist. Overall Man on a Ledge is a decent flick that some can enjoy but others wont.

Scream 4
Scream 4(2011)
½

Scream 4 is yet another really good Scream movie that manages to do very good after being made eleven years after the third movie. Scream 4 takes place ten years after the last encounter with the one and only Ghostface. In Scream 4 Sidney Prescott returns to Woodsboro while she is on a book tour. Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley are now married in Woodsboro and Gale is disappointed because nothing really goes on in Woodsboro so she has no inspiration for a book. Now everything changes quickly as a new killer rises and this time the original gang needs the help of a new generation because it is a new decade so that means new rules to the horror genre. The one thing that Scream sequels manages to do is to always be entertaining and clever. With this being the third sequel to the Scream series I must say this series is just great because I did not hate one sequel, most the time horror franchises you can expect one movie to be bad but to me Scream hasn't had a bad movie yet. Some Scream fans may have been disappointed with Scream 3 and I can see why even though I enjoyed it and if you were disappointed Scream 3 you may like this a lot more because writer Kevin Williamson returns, the writer from the first two Scream movies. One thing that makes the Scream movies so good to me is that they know what there doing and when they made the sequels they knew they were making sequels. In the sequels they took all the rules and put them in those movies and what works so good about Scream 4 is that we're in a generation were most horror movies are remakes or reboots and that's what this movie does. It takes all the rule of todays horror movie and puts it in this movie and it worked very well. With today's rules you can expect a lot of blood and violence in this movie that is pretty entertaining. Plus with the return of Kevin Williamson you expect a really good script with some very good humor. The acting in this movie is very good like usual. The veterans are very good in this movie and the new generation actually did pretty good to. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arqquette are all good in this movie and the new members are just as good. Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, and Erik Knudsen are all very good in this film as well. Oh yeah I also got to mention that the opening to this movie is just clever and really cool. Overall Scream 4 is a vert satisfying sequel that is very fun to watch.

Scream 3
Scream 3(2000)
½

Scream 3 is a really good addition to the Scream franchise that is a lot of fun but not quite as good as the first two. Scream 3 is about Sydney Prescott, Dewey Riley, and Gale Weathers once again as another killer rises. This time it takes place during the production of an upcoming movie Stab 3 and some of the cast members have been killed and it's happening in the order they die in the movie. This connects to Sydney because the killer has been leaving pictures of her mother at the scene of the crime. Now the gang has to find the killer and Sydney has to find out the rest of the truth about her mother. The first two Scream movies were great, the first one was just playing awesome to me and is one of my favorite movies and the second was a great movie but not as good as the first. Making Scream 2 could have been a bad thing since horror movies usually start to get bad when they make sequels but Scream 2 managed to be a great film because of the good script and just having a fun time with the movie. Now we have Scream 3 and you can see that their just going for the money now since they just keep making more Scream's but does that mean the movie's trash? No not at all, Scream 3 is a very fun movie and actually very good. It's not better than the first two but it's still very fun. I really liked the story to this movie because it made the movie fun, it was really cool to have the killings on the movie set that involved the celebrities. Another thing that made this story so good is that the twist in the end of the movie was just fantastic and explains a whole lot. As cool as the story is they did basically do the same thing they did in all the other movie but that's all right because the movie was still enjoyable. This movie is still able to pack some thrilling moments along with some very good humor. To me I thought this was the funniest out of all the Scream movie because some scenes were just hilarious, some including cameos from other celebrities. The acting in this movie is good in this movie but nothing spectacular. Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox return for a third time around and are great like always. One thing that I had mixed feelings about is the relationship between David Arquette's character Dewey and Courtney Cox's character Gale because it was basically like the second movie but it managed to do a pretty decent job. This movie also has Patrick Dempsey who gives a pretty good performance and was very good in the scenes he was in. Scott Foley is good for the time he was in this movie and provides some very good humor. Lance Henriksen isn't in the movie for that long but he was good for the time he was in this movie. Overall Scream 3 is a really good film and a very fun sequel.

Scream 2
Scream 2(1997)

Scream 2 is very fun sequel to the amazing Scream that is just a great thrill ride. Scream 2 takes place a couple of years after the killings in Woodsboro and two of the survivors, Sidney and Randy, are trying to live a normal life by going to college. When two students go to a sneak preview of the movie "Stab" (based of a book that was written about the killings in Woodsboro that was written by Gale Weathers) they get more than came for and end getting brutally murdered. What is thought to be just another random killing soon becomes connected to Sidney because a new Ghostface is out to kill her and anyone who get's in their way. The first Scream movie is a classic to me because it was clever, funny, thrilling, and a great mystery. I really liked how the movie made fun of horror flicks and even made fun of it's self and it's just a blast to watch. Now most the time sequels to horror movies or any movies in general suck or are just not as good as the first (with some exceptions, well actually there are a lot that are better) and making a sequel to the successful Scream could end up being great or a total disaster. Well it wasn't a disaster at all and turned out to be a fun ride just like the first Scream. It's not as good as the first but it's still very enjoyable. The story is very simple like the first the first movie with some good side stories that are enjoyable to watch. One thing that makes this movie great is that like the first movie it knows what it's doing and makes fun of it being a sequel. It goes over all the rules to make a successful horror sequel and it does all that. Also like the first movie there is still a very good mystery even though this time around it was easier to guess the killer. Even though the the killer was easier to figure out the reveal of why they were doing it was still very clever. In this movie you can also expect some very entertaining kills, thrilling moments, and some funny dialogue. In Scream 2 some cast members from the first movie return along with new members. Neve Campbell returns as Sidney Prescott and she is just as good as she was in the first movie. She plays her character so well and really becomes Sidney. David Arquette and Courtney Cox return and are great just like the first movie and their chemistry together is just so fun to watch. Jamie Kennedy returns to and is still probably one of my favorite characters in the franchise and he has his moments in this movie. Their are also great performances by Elise Neal, Jerry O'Connell, Timothy Olyphant, and Laurie Metcalf. Overall Scream 2 is a very fun sequel but not as good as the first.

Scream
Scream(1996)

Scream is a magnificent horror film and one of the many great things about this movie is that is has so many different types of genres in it and they all work very well. Scream takes place in a small town of Woodsboro, California where a killer is out to kill some high schoolers. This killer calls his victims and asks some questions before he goes in and kills them. This movie is about Sydney Prescott who has had some dark moments in her past but it just get's even darker when she becomes one of the victims of this killer. In this movie anyone could be a suspect. It could be reporter Gale Weathers, officer Dewey Riley, her boyfriend Billy Loomis, her best friend Tatum Riley or her boyfriend Stu, or movie lover/expert Randy Meeks. Let me starts out by saying that I am not that big on horror movies. It's not that I don't like them it's just that I haven't seen that many of them but I know what most of them are like. I really liked the concept of this movie because it sounded very fun and cool and that's just what it is. This movie is a fun ride from the thrilling opening to the grand finale that just blew me away. This is just one of those movies that I really didn't expect that would become one of my favorite movies. Everything in this movie just works so well and is perfectly executed. The story to this movie is just clever and worked so well. One thing that I love about this movie is that this movie can be really serious yet really funny at times to. Another thing that I love about this movie's story is that you actually care about the characters in this movie and it gives you some backstories that makes you care about them. To me this movie is never dull or boring, the movie pulled me in right from the opening to the movie and it kept my attention during the whole movie. The movie has quite a few different genres in it and they all work so well. This movie has a great mystery because your always guessing the killer and once the big reveal came it just stunned me. It's also very funny when it pokes fun at horror movies and very thrilling at moments. The cast to this movie is just terrific and there is not one bad performance. I thought Neve Campbell was just terrific in this movie and really captured her character. Her character, Sydney, was so well written and Campbell just became her character. Courtney Cox gives a fantastic performance in this movie because she was everything a reporter is. A reporter won't stop until they get what they want, their sneaky, and clever and Courtney Cox was all of the above. Another great performance in this movie is from David Arquette because he just had such a likable character that was so well written and he did a great job. The supporting cast in this movie is fantastic as well which includes Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, and Jamie Kennedy who I just loved in this movie because of his great performance and his awesome character. Overall Scream is a fantastic movie that has a little bit for everyone weather it's thrilling moments, good humor, or a good mystery.

John Carter
John Carter(2012)
½

John Carter is a very fun Sci-Fi adventure based of the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. John Carter takes place 1868 and is about civil war veteran John Carter. John is trying to live a normal life but is asked to join the army once again but refuses. Long story short the army locks him up and he escapes with the army chasing him but they run into Indians and John ends up finding this thing that transports him to Mars. Once he's on Mars he encounters these aliens called Tharks and notices on Mars he can jump really high and is really strong. He also learns about the civil war going on Mars and soon meets Dejah who is a princess and wants John to help her and her people. Now John has to makes a decision, find a way of Mars or help Dejah. When I first heard of John Carter and saw the first trailer of John Carter I thought it looked a little goofy but after seeing more trailers I got more interested and thought it could be a fun ride. Now this movie is based of Edgar Rice Burroughs's novels and I have not read those books yet so I cant compare the books to the movie. As a film I thought this was a very enjoyable movie. One thing that I enjoyed very much in this movie is the story. Almost everything in this story was very cool and entertaining but there were some moments that were a bit dull. One thing that I really liked about the story is how the beginning of the story stars out mysterious but in the end it a unravels and I thought the ending to this movie was fantastic. This movie did have some scenes that were dull and could have been cut out along with some bad dialogue but there is very little of all that. This movie also has some very good action that is very entertaining along with some clever humor throughout the movie. The special effects in this movie were also great and the CGI was very good as well. This movie has some good performances with the exception of one performance. Taylor Kitsch gives a really good performance in this movie because he was very believable as the hero in this film. I also liked his character, John Carter, whole story because it was very interesting (his story on Earth). Lynn Collins plays the princess in this film and she was not good. I thought this movie's cast was great but she was just so dull and not believable at all. Willem Dafoe is also in this movie as an alien and his performance makes up for Collin's weak performance. As for the villains, Mark Strong and Dominic West, I felt that they were very good. Overall John Carter is a very enjoyable movie that is worth a watch.

Drive
Drive(2011)

Drive is a stunning film and and possibly the best movie of 2011. Drive is about a man only known as Driver or Kid who drives people around at night during armed heists and is a stunt driver during the day. One day he meets a girl in his apartment, Irene, and starts to get close with her and her kid. When Irene's husband, Standard, comes home from prison he is asked to do a job but refuses. After getting beat up Standard does the job with the help of Driver but the job goes the wrong way. Now Driver has to figure out what this whole thing is about and to protect Irene and her kid. Before I saw this movie I really didn't know that much about until I heard all the great reviews about it. After reading and watching a bunch of reviews I got really excited to see it. Once I did see it I wasn't disappointed at all. One thing that worried me before all the reviews was the story because it felt just like The Transporter and thank god it's nothing like that movie. This movie's story is just so good and I felt so engaged all throughout the movie and never felt bored. The action in this film is also very well done and has quite a few brutal scenes that are done really well in this movie. The score for this movie is also really good and goes just right with the movie. This movie's cast is also at the of their game and give brilliant performances. Ryan Gosling gives one of the greatest, if not his greatest performance yet of his career and I think he got robbed from the best actor category for the Oscars. Carey Mulligan is also at her best in this movie and gives a great performance. This movie also has great performances by Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, and Oscar Issac. Nicolas Winding Refn's directing is also really well done and is one of the reasons why this movie is so cool and awesome. Overall Drive is probably the best movie in my mind of 2011 and in my mind got robbed from a bunch of Oscars this year. If your looking to watch the greatest movies of 2011 you should definitely watch this movie.

Snow White and the Huntsman
½

Snow White and the Huntsman is a very good take on this classic story with plenty to enjoy with some flaws. Snow White and The Huntsman is about Snow White who is locked away in a tower for many years after the evil queen Ravenna takes over her father's kingdom. After many years as queen Ravenna starts to lose her powers and in order to keep her powers and live for ever she must take Snow White's heart but Snow White soon escapes her and ends up in the Dark Forrest. The queen now send The Huntsman out to get Snow White but instead of taking Snow White to the queen he teams up with her to end the evil queen's rule over this kingdom. When I first heard of Snow White and the Huntsman I had mixed feeling. I really liked the cast this movie had but I really didn't know what to expect with this classic tale being turned into a dark action movie. I liked the idea but I didn't know if it would work or not. After seeing it I saw that it actually worked out very well, although it wasn't great it worked for the most part. I thought the story worked really well with all the darkness in this film and really liked how they changed the story up. As good as this story was I did have some problems with it. For awhile I was really caught up with this film and was really enjoying it but after an hour or so the movie started to get a bit boring and some scenes just started to drag. For awhile the pacing got to be pretty bad but it eventually got better. Even thought this is a story we've heard before I did feel that some moments got a bit predictable since this film changed the story a little bit. To make up for the story's issues you get some really good action scenes and some fantastic visuals. This films was just wonderful to look at because the visuals just looked stunning. When this movie was suppose to look dark it was really dark and it looked so good and when it was suppose to look light it looked very good. These are some of the best visuals I have seen in a very long time. The cast for this movie is very good and they are all very good. I was a bit worried about Kristen Stewart as Snow White but to my surprise she did very good. I thought she was very good at the beginning of this film but towards the end I felt her performance start to get weaker but she was still pretty decent for those scenes. I was really looking forward to seeing Chris Hemsworth in this movie and he did a very good job. Chris Hemsworth is beginning to be a one of my favorites actors because he gives such good performances and he gives a great performance in this film. He was very good in the action scenes and was also very good in the dramatic scenes as well. The only problem I had with Hemsworth's character is I felt he needed more of a background because they tried to explain it but I felt the could have given us more. Now the actor that has been getting the most buzz in this movie has been Charlize Theron as the evil queen and how she was very good in this movie and I agree. Theron was just so menacing in this movie and I really bought her as the villain even though at times she goes a bit over the top. Just like The Huntsman I felt that the evil queen could have had more of a background and explain why she's so evil. Overall Snow White and the Huntsman is a very enjoyable film that I would recommend to anyone who would like to see a different take on this classic story.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi is the grand finale of the original Star Wars trilogy and it is just as good as the previous movies and is a fantastic ending to this classic series. Return of the Jedi starts out were the Empire is creating another Death Star to completely destroy the Rebels. In order to stop the Empire the Rebellion will have to use their best weapons which are Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and the rest of the gang. First Luke and the rest of the gang has to free Han Solo from the criminal lord Jabba The Hut. One they free Han they have to go out with the Rebellion and destroy the new Death star. In order to do that Han, Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and the droids have to go to Endor to destroy the shield while Lando destroys the Death Star once Han's job is complete. Also in this movie Luke has to complete his training to become a Jedi Knight by facing his father, Darth Vader, one last time while Vader and the Emperor have plans to turn young Skywalker to the dark side. Over the course of six years three movies can really do something. In 1977 people were introduced to Star Wars. In 1980 the hit sequel The Empire Strikes Back was released. Both films were loved by audiences and would soon turn into classics, a movie that parents would show there kids and would be passed down for ages. At the end of The Empire Strikes Back you were just left hanging there wanting more and that is exactly what you get. In order to have a fantastic series you have to have a great movie that ends it all in a perfect way and that is what you get in Return of the Jedi. Everything about this movie is just awesome just like the two movies before this. This movie is a classic and completes the series turning it into the best trilogy made up to date in my mind. The story to this movie is just very well done. From the start of this movie you are just pulled in with a fantastic opening and yet another memorable scene at Jabba's palace. One scene I just love in this movie is when Luke, Han, and Chewbacca are about to be executed and then Luke saves the day and the reason I love that scene is because they build it up so well with John William's epic score. There are many other scenes in this movie that are memorable, especially the ending. The way they ended the series is just absolutely fantastic, there is no other ending that would have worked better than this. Another thing I liked about the story is that is was written well like the previous two films and you also continue to see the characters change, especially Luke Skywalker. This movie also has some exciting action scenes and clever humor just like any other Star Wars film. You can also expect some stunning special effects. Return of the Jedi is also the return of all are beloved characters and the amazing actors that play them. Like I mentioned earlier you see Luke change throughout these movie and you see him change the most in this movie. He is much more matured than he was in the previous two films and Mark Hamill continues to five a pitch perfect performance as Luke. By the end of this movie you know that Luke Skywalker is definitely one of the greatest heroes in cinema history. Speaking of great heroes you still got Harrison Ford playing Han Solo and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and they both give great performances. There chemistry together is still great and still manage to just as cool as they were in the previous films. Billy Dee Williams returns as well and gives a great performance as well. Darth Vader returns to and you also get to see him change throughout the film which I really liked and James Earl Jones's voicing is still awesome. Joining the cast this time around is Ian McDiarmid as the Emperor who is just perfect and proves that there is someone out there to fear more than Darth Vader. You still have the lovable R2-D2, C-3P0, Chewbacca, and new characters that some might find annoying called Ewoks which I don't mind. Overall Return of the Jedi is a fantastic ending to the Star Wars trilogy and doesn't fail to be as good as the previous films.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back is a magnificent sequel to Star Wars because it manages to be as good and is one of the best sequels ever made, actually one of the greatest films ever made. The Empire Strikes Back takes us back once again to the war between the Rebels and the Empire. The Rebellion has been driven out of their old base and are now hiding on the planet Hoth. In that base we are reunited with are favorite characters from the first movie such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2, C-3P0, and Chewbacca. As the Rebellion hides the evil Darth Vader searches for them but is mainly looking for Skywalker since he is learning the ways of the force. Eventually the Empire finds the base on Hoth and all hell breaks loose when they arrive. The group splits up after they leave Hoth, Luke goes to the planet Dagobah to learn the ways of the Jedi while Han, Leia, the droids, and Chewbacca are being chased down by the empire. When people saw Star Wars for the first time in 1977 people were amazed. Star Wars was such unique film and really got the Sci-Fi genre going. Star Wars is a film that would be turned into a classic that almost everyone has watched. A lot of sequels usually don't stand a chance against the original or just end up embarrassing them selves but that is certainly not the case for The Empire Strikes Back. The Empire Strikes Back is definitely one of the greatest films ever made because of how well this movie was made. The story to this movie is just made so well because of how much awesomeness this movie has. The script to this movie was very well written because it made the returning characters even cooler, introduced some new characters that are as lovable as the cool as the original characters, and it had a lot of other entertainment. Another thing that makes this movie so memorable is that this movie has so many memorable scenes and quotes. When I first saw that lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader I was blown away and when I watch it now I'm still blown away. That scene right there is probably my all time favorite moment in cinema history because it was exciting and had one of the biggest shocks in cinema history (by now you should probably know since a lot of people quote it). There are plenty of other memorable scenes such as the battle of Hoth, Luke's training with Yoda, the freezing chamber, and many more. Another thing that makes the story so epic is the ending, this movie doesn't have your typical happy ending were the hero saves the day. The movie ends in a very dark way and leaves the audience hanging there and wanting to know what happens next. The story is definitely not the only thing that makes this movie because there is plenty of fun to have with this film that includes some awesome action scenes and some great humor. The special effects in this movie are just as magnificent as they were in the first and amazing to look at. This movie also has the return of the stunning cast from the first movie and some new actors/characters that makes this series. Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker and one thing loved about this movie is the story of Luke's training and Hamill did a magnificent job during the whole movie. Also returning is Harrison Ford as Han Solo and is just as cool as he was in the first movie and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia who is just as good looking as she was in the first and still a great leader. Another thing to love about this movie is the chemistry between Ford and Fisher. James Earl Jones is still absolutely menacing as the voice as Darth Vader. Joining the cast in this movie is Billy Dee Williams who plays Lando Calrissian and is just so cool and gives a great performance. This movie also introduces one of best characters in the Star Wars franchise and the greatest puppet of all time, Yoda. R2-D2, C-3P0, and Chewbacca are still awesome in this film and extremely funny. Overall The Empire Strikes Back is a fantastic movie and one of the greatest films of all time. Like I said in my Star Wars review, if you have not seen the first Star Wars go watch it now! Then watch The Empire Strikes Back!

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

In 1977 a little film called Star Wars came out and today it known as a classic, I can totally agree with that. Star Wars is a fantastic movie and to me one of the greatest films of all time. Star Wars takes place in a galaxy far far away where a civil war is going on between the Rebels and the evil Empire. After a Rebel victory they come across information about the Empire's new weapon, the Death Star. The Death Star has the power to destroy planets and the Rebels have the layouts to destroy it but one of the leaders of the Empire won't let that slide, that leader is Darth Vader. The Empire has now tracked them down and before they capture Princess Leia she puts the information they received in a droid, R2-D2, and sends him to the planet Tatooine with his buddy C-3PO where they are suppose to find a Obi-Wan Kenobi. They soon come across Luke Skywalker, a farmer who is bored with his life but will soon change. They eventually find Obi-Wan and set off to get the information to the Rebels with pilot/bounty hunter Han Solo and his wookie friend Chewbacca and possibly rescue the princess. It has been 35 years since the original Star Wars came out, since then it has grown and grown because of this one movie. Star Wars is one of those films that changed everything in cinema history, Sci-Fi history, and a lot of people's lives. Over the years George Lucas has been making some changes to the original saga and making some prequels that not everyone liked and for that people started to hate him. No matter how much you hate Lucas for the things he's did recently you still gotta love him because without him there would be no Star Wars, period. One thing that I just love about the original Stars Wars films is that no matter how old you are you will still love it and it's one of those movie that you will never get tired of. I have loved Star Wars since I was first introduced to it at age two and I have never gotten tired of it. Another thing that makes this movie so incredible is it has a fantastic story and it brings you into a whole other world. The story to this movie is just amazing because it introduces you to fantastic characters and when you watch it feels like your in a whole other galaxy with all the cool stuff the movie introduces to you like the force, lightsabers, and all this interesting creatures and droids. Another thing that makes this story so cool is that it's so unique and clever. This movie also has some great action sequences and thrills that just got me pumped. I have seen this movies hundreds of times and I always jump up and cheer at the finale of this movie, that's how much I love this movie. This movie was released in 1977 so you would expect some lame special effects but that's not what you get at all. The special effects in this movie are just stunning and makes you have a hard time believing that this was made in 1977. Like I mentioned earlier this movie introduces you to some fantastic characters and they truly are amazing. This movie has a whole bunch of memorable characters that are truly unforgettable. Luke Skywalker is no doubt one of the greatest heroes in cinema history and is fantastically played by Mark Hamill. It's so fun to watch Luke change throughout the movie and the series, this is by Hamill's greatest performances in these movies. Another character that is a blast to watch is bounty hunter Han Solo. This is definitely Harrison Fords greatest role along side Indiana Jones because he is just so cool in these movies and his chemistry with everyone is just priceless. Carrie Fisher is also great in this movie as the beautiful Princess Leia who is just a wimpy little princess but proves to be a warrior as well. Alec Guinness is fantastic in this movie as Obi-Wan Kenobi and to me one of the most influential characters in cinema history. This movie also has one of the greatest villains in cinema history, Darth Vader. James Earl Jones's voice for Darth Vader is just absolutely menacing and is what makes Darth Vader so terrifying. You also can't forget R2-D2, C-3P0, and Chebacca who are just playing awesome like the rest. I also got to mention that John William's score to this movie is just brilliant and one of the greatest scores ever. Star Wars is just a film you gotta love. If you have never seen Star Wars you would be doing yourself a huge favor if you just got up and watched right now.

Men in Black III
½

Men in Black III is actually a very good film to my surprise and to me the best in the series. Men in Black III is about Agent J and Agent K once again who work for this secret organization that monitors alien life forms on Earth. After working together for many years their relationship is starting to get a little rough but one event will soon change all of that. An alien known as Boris the Alien escapes from prison and goes back in time and ends up killing Agent K. It now up to Agent J to go back in time to stop Boris from killing K or else there will massive destruction on Earth. Once Agent J goes back to 1969 he will need the help from younger Agent K and an alien that can see the future named Griffin. For me I really didn't have any expectation that Men in Black III would be that good of a movie. The reasons for that is I'm not a fan of the series and I heard all the problems that they had while making this film so I was expecting a movie much like the second MIB film. To my surprise this movie wasn't that bad at all because this movie actually had a story unlike the second film. I really enjoyed the story to this movie because it was really fun to watch with all the time traveling. I thought this movie was actually very well written but I did feel that some scenes were a bit to rushed but for the most part the story was very enjoyable. Another thing I liked about the story is how Agent J has to get use to his environment since he's in a different time period and that set's up some good humor. One of the best thing's about this movie is definitely the ending. I did not see this ending coming by a long shot and it had more heart than I thought the movie would have. If story isn't enough to satisfy you there is still some really good action scenes and some very good humor throughout the movie. As for the acting in this movie it is also very good with returning cast members and a new addition to the franchise that is very good. Returning from the previous movies you have Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones who are both very good in this movie. Will Smith gives a good performance after being absent for a couple years on screen and Tommy Lee Jones is still very good even though he's not in the movie for a long time. Now the best performance in this movie is by far Josh Brolin. Bolin just steals the show as Young Agent K because he is just like Tommy Lee Jones if not better. With Brolin the chemistry with K and J still works great , point is Brolin is just amazing in this film. Jemaine Clement is very good in this film as the villain and so is Michael Stuhbarg. Some people might find Stuhbarg very annoying but I felt that he was actually very good. Overall Men in Black III is a very enjoyable film that any fan of Men in Black or even people that aren't fans will enjoy.

The Grey
The Grey(2012)
½

The Grey is a very good thriller that just puts you in the movie and has you entertained during the whole movie. The Grey is about Ottway who is a sniper that protects oil workers in the Alaskan wilderness. Ottway has had a dark past but right now he's trying to put that beside him as he heads home on a plane. Ottway and his plane end up having bad luck because the plane soon crashes leaving Ottway and the survivors to die. Ottway and the survivors now have to fight for survival in the brutally cold weather and pack of wolves that are hunting them down. One thing that makes this The Grey such a good movie is that it puts you in the movie. This movie is so thrilling and the movie brings the environment to life. This movie felt so real because this movie showed how brutal that weather was out in Alaska and I felt that danger could happen at any second. When a movie makes you feel that your in danger you know it's a good movie. Another thing that makes this movie so good is the story. This movie never get's boring because of all the thrills and even when the story starts to slow down it's still very good because of well written script. This movie is also very suspenseful and I loved that. There were many thrills in this film and also a few scenes were I jumped out of my chair. I mentioned earlier that this movie slows down and another good thing that can come from that is that it builds the suspense. I mentioned this before but the whole time I was watching I felt in danger because anything could happen so even when the movies slowed down you still think that something could happen at any moment. Another thing that makes this movie so good is Liam Neeson's performance. Neeson never fails to give a great performance and he is just amazing in this movie because he played his character so well. I really liked the way Neeson's character was written because you see him change throughout the whole movie. Neeson also has a very good supporting cast that includes Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, and Dallas Roberts. Overall The Grey is a very enjoyable film and a movie that you should check out.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2)

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is a good movie that is a huge improvement to the first AVP but still has some problems. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem takes place in this small town called Gunnison (CO). This town is very peaceful, but not for long. After the events of the last movie an Alien crashes a Predator ship unleashing hell of this small town. Now Alien are running around out there with one Predator out there as well trying to hunt them all down. Now the people of Gunnison have to try and find a way to survive before the whole town is destroyed. Well a sequel to the horrible AVP was actually pretty good. Sure it's not perfect but I found this movie a lot more fun and entertaining than the first. One thing to that makes this movie a lot better is that this movie has an R rating, the first AVP was rated PG-13 and offered no fun unlike this movie. The story itself is pretty good and a lot more interesting more than the first film but it still has it's issues. The first 40 minutes or so were a bit slow which I really didn't mind but there were to many stories. There were many stories that were going on and after awhile I didn't even care for. Just like the first movie this movie has it's fair share of stupid scenes were I was saying to myself "What?". Another thing is this movie doesn't explain somethings that the audience probably needed t know which I found annoying. There is also a good amount of bad dialogue as well. There is some good to be found in AVP 2 and that is the action. With the R rating this movie has a lot more action that is actually fun and gory. The special effects in this movie are also very good. As for the casting in this movie it was so-so because some were good, some were just bad and some of that is because of the characters. Steven Pasquale and Johnny Lewis are brothers in this film and I found them very good in this movie and actually bought there relationship unlike Johnny Lewis and Kristen Hager. Kristen Hager and David Paetkau just play the typical horror movie characters as the hottie and the jock which I found useless and not needed except for one scene with Hager were she was sowing of her bathing suit. ASs for Reiko Aylesworth she is good in this film and Ariel Gade is just annoying and horrible. Overall AVP 2 is a good movie that is worth checking out if you liked or disliked the first movie.

AVP - Alien Vs. Predator

Alien Vs. Predator is a horrible movie that had a good idea but is ruined by almost everything in this whole movie. Alien Vs. Predator is about Weyland industries and it's discovery of a pyramid in Antarctica. This is not a normal pyramid and that's why Weyland put's together to see what this pyramid is all about. However they are not the only ones interested in this pyramid. Two alien life forms, the Xenomorphs and the Predators, are in this pyramid because of a battle that has been going on since the beginning of time and this research group is in the middle of it, can they survive? The first two Alien movies are classic, the first Predator movie is also a classic. One thing that these three movies have in common other than that they are classic is that all three films have some crappy sequels. The problem with Alien 3 and Resurrection is that they were boring, had a stupid story, and bad action. The problem with Predator 2 is that it had a stupid story, bad cast, and only relied on the action. Now the idea of putting these to franchises together may sound cool but in reality you just get the Alien sequels and Predator sequels put together. One thing that made me really mad is that the Xenomorphs and the Predators are two of cinemas greatest creatures and putting them in a movie could be a great idea but instead you just one hundred minutes of crap. The movie's story goes just like any other horror movie made these days, a group of people that you don't care about running around getting slaughtered. This could have been enjoyable but this movie has a PG-13 rating so there's no gore at all. Another thing about this story is that it's really predictable since it runs like any other horror flick. There are also some pretty dumb moments in this movie, especially the reasoning why the Predators and Xenomorphs are fighting. This movie also fails to entertain because of the movie's stupid action . The only good thing about this movie is the so-so special effects. Just like the terrible sequels this movie has a horrible cast. In this movie I just found Sanna Lathan horrible because the script tried to make her character something that she was not, they could have found someone else to do a better job. Speaking of characters this movie has some of the most stupid and pointless characters I've ever seen. At the beginning of this movie these characters were all brought to do something but later on I just kept thinking "why are they here?" because they did absolutely nothing. Overall AVP is a horrible movie that you could watch at your own risk.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
½

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy is an fantastic comedy that is just hilarious and had me laughing through the whole movie. Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy takes place in the 1970s and tells the story of San Diego's finest anchorman Ron Burgundy and his news team. In this movie Ron and his team has to get use a woman named Veronica being on their news team who is slowly ruining them all. However Ron starts to get attached to this woman but she could just ruin his life as well. In this movie you also get to see how stupid everyone is in the gang and the rivalries between all the news teams. To be honest I never thought the news could be interesting. When I think of the news I just think of boring things but this movie makes the news seem so interesting (even though it's not that way in reality). This movie so freaking hilarious and probably one of the best comedies that I have seen in quite some time. One thing that I really liked about this movie is that it takes something that could be extremely boring but make it a comedy and turns out very entertaining. This movie never slowed down or got boring to me and told a very good story. Yes there are some stupid and dumb moments in this movie but I really didn't care because it didn't effect me at all because those moments still had me laughing. This movie also has some over the top comedy and it works very well. This movie had me laughing during the whole movie and like I said earlier, this movie has stupid moments but it's so funny to watch. The one thing that makes this movie is by far the cast. Will Ferrell gives one of his best comedic performances and never failed to entertain me in this movie. Ferrell is not the only good performance here because his team is just as good who are played by Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell who is so stupid in this movie yet so hilarious. I found myself attached to Ferrell and his group and by the end of the movie I loved them. Christina Applegate gives a good performance here as well. Overall Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy is one hilarious movie that I recommend to anyone whose looking for a good time.

Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard is another great addition to the Die Hard series but not as any of the others due to some flaws but still very fun. Live Free or Die Hard is once again about New York City cop who is back once again to kick some ass. This time McClane has to stop a group of hackers led by Thomas Gabriel. This time McClane is joined by a computer genius named Matt Farrell who met McClane when McClane had to pick him up to see the FBI. Now McClane and Farrell has to stop this maniac and by now all the Die Hard fans should know that McClane will not let anyone get in his way. The Die Hard series has been know to be one of the greatest action series of all time and I can totally agree about that. Two of them are (the first and third) are two of my favorite movie and the second one was still really fun but after twelve years they finally decide to release another Die Hard film. Also this time around the movie is PG-13 and all the Die Hard movies are R but this movie's rating really doesn't affect the movie all that much. This movie is a very fun movie that all Doe Hard fans or action buffs should check out. One thing that I really liked about this movie is that the story was very good because this world is full of technology and I thought that bringing in cyber terrorism was a great idea. This movie's story also has a very issues here and there but to me that's not my big problem with the movie. Another thing that I really liked about this movie is even with the PG-13 rating this movie still packs a lot of awesome action. This movie's action is so over the top but it is so fun to watch and when I was watching this movie I didn't even care what the movie's rating was. Also in this movie you can expect the good ol' Die Hard comedy. In this movie you have one returning cast member from the original series and a whole bunch of newbies to the series and some do good, the others don't. By now you basically know when it comes to Die Hard your going to get a great performance by Bruce Willis. Even though Willis is older he still kicks ass and provides many laughs. Justin Long was actually very good in this movie and his chemistry with Willis was actually very good. Now my main issues with this movie is that villains. In the original Die Hard films the villains were great but in this movie I just didn't buy it. I felt that Timothy Olyphant was not a good villain at all and thought his performance was very weak. Same with Maggie Q who I felt was just here for looks. Another thing that I didn't buy is that Q and Olyphant's characters were suppose to have some kind of chemistry but I did not buy it what soever. Overall with a few casting problems, Live Free or Die Hard is a great action film that is worth watching.

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance is another stunning Die Hard film that is better than the second and is as good as the first one. In Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance, out hero John McClane is a back for another exciting adventure. After a bombing in New York City by a man know as Simon, John has to help stop this madman by playing a deadly game of Simon says with Simon. McClane is joined by a local shop owner, Zeus, after he saved John from being killed during the game of Simon says. Now these two have to run all around New York City to find bombs and stop them while Simon is planning something much bigger. One thing the Die Hard's never fail to do is let the audience have a blast. The first Die Hard movie is an action classic and Die Hard 2: Die Harder wasn't as good as the first but it's still a fun, entertaining ride. After those two movie we have Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance which is once again directed by John McTiernan who directed the first Die Hard and Predator and with the return of McTiernan you get once again another awesome Die Hard. With Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance you get an exciting action film that is just as good as the first Die Hard. One thing that I really liked about this movie is that it's not the usual Die Hard story were McClane runs around an area just shooting people up (even though that's really fun to watch) but this time it's more like a thriller. I really liked the whole story of how McClane had to run around the whole city trying to stop bombs and another great thing about this story is that you may think were this movie is taking you but it actually take you somewhere else. This movie's story was a blast and I had a very fun time following the story. Like I mentioned earlier this movie this isn't like the previous Die Hard movies were McClane just goes around shooting people but instead you get some thrilling moments. Of course this movie has action but it has some more thrills. This movie was very thrilling and when it came to those moments I was at the edge of my seat to see if the two heroes could prevail. When it comes to action you know you'll get some awesome, exciting action sequences because it's a Die Hard movie. Also this movie is probably the funniest out of all the Die Hard films. In the previous Die Hard films the movie had an awesome cast and Die Hard 3 continues that and brings in two great actors. Bruce Willis is back once again who gives yet another great performance as John McClane and is just as bad-ass and funny as usual but in this movie he isn't just the only star of the movie like he was in the first two movie. A new addition to this franchise is Samuel L. Jackson who is a fantastic actor and is just absolutely amazing in this movie. He gives such a good performance in this movie and I just loved his chemistry with Willis in this movie. Another new member to the franchise is Jeremy Irons who is just awesome as the movie's villain. Irons is just a very good villain and about as good as Rickman was in the first movie. Overall Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance is another awesome Die Hard movie that is at the same level as the first Die Hard and a movie I recommend to any Die Hard fan or action buff.

Die Hard 2
Die Hard 2(1990)
½

Die Hard 2: Die Harder is a fantastic sequel to the classic Die Hard but not quite as good. Die Hard 2: Die Harder is about a group of terrorist led by Col. Stuart who are taking control of the Dulles International Airport on the night of the arrival of General Ramon Esperanza who is being brought to America for his role in a drug-smuggling ring. They have completely shut down most of the airports equipment and if they try anything a plane will most likely crash since they can't land without the landing lights. What the terrorist didn't know when they got to the airport is that John McClane would be there who is waiting for his wife's plane but is now involved with this whole terrorist situation. Now McClane has to stop Stuart and his plans before Stuart succeeds. For McClane this is just another normal Christmas. The original Die Hard is by far one of the greatest action movies ever made and one of the bet movies ever made period to me. Just like any other successful action movie there will usually be a sequel and that's just what you get from this franchise. To me Die Hard 2: Die Harder is a great sequel to the original and totally delivers the goods. This is not better than the original but it's still a great watch. The story to this movie is just like the first Die Hard which is just a very simple plot that would do good for a action flick. The pot worked out very good even though at some parts it lacked somethings but I really didn't care because of how much fun I was having while watching this movie. Speaking of having a lot of fun with this movie I should probably talk about the action now. This movie has some very fun action that had me on the edge of my seat. Just like the first Die Hard this movie is also pretty funny at times and most of that humor is once again from McClane. In this movie you can also expect another terrific performance by Bruce Willis who is just outstanding in the role of John McClane. To be honest I think the Willis's best performance and best role is in these movies as John McClane. You also get a great performance from Bill Sadler as the movie's villain but not quite as good as Alan Rickman. I would also like to say that Art Evans gives a really good performance in this movie for his small role. Overall Die Hard 2: Die Harder is a terrific sequel to Die Hard and a sequel that I think most Die Hard fans would enjoy.

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

Die Hard is a stunning action film and one of the best action movies made up to date. Die Hard is about New York cop John McClane who is visiting LA to celebrate the Christmas holidays with his family. Once he get's in town he stops at his wife's christmas party at her work, which is called the Nakatomi Corporation building. The party soon turns into chaos once a group of terrorist, led by Hans Gruber, crash the party and take the people at the party hostage. While the LAPD and FBI are locked out from the building McClane is still in the building and managed to escape before they found him. Now it is up to McClane to save these hostages and stop these terrorist. In 1987 John McTiernan directed the fantastic Sci-Fi film Predator which was probably one of the best movies of the 80s and also one of my favorites. One year later McTiernan now directs Die Hard which is another fantastic movie. To me, Die Hard is definitely one of the best 80s movies and also one of my favorite movies just like Predator. At this time McTiernan was definitely one of the best action directors there was. Anyways onto the movie itself. The story in this movie was very simple and it worked very well. One thing that I liked about the story is that the hero in this movie isn't some guy who can just get through everyone without a scratch but an actually guy who is always going through obstacles and taking in a bunch of pain. Another thing that is great about the story is that this movie is well paced and that the movie keeps building and building the suspense. One thing that is sure to entertain in this movie is the action. This movie has some fantastic action scenes and makes it one of the best action films of all time. This movie also has quite a bit of humor in it that works very well even when a character is in a serious situation. One thing that I absolutely love about this movie is that this movie has one of the most cool, bad-ass movie characters that I have ever seen on screen. In this movie we are introduced to John McClane who is one bad-ass cop and the thing that makes me like his so much is that he can kick some ass and also be very funny. McClane is played by Bruce Willis who gives an outstanding performance and really made his career. Alan Rickman is great in this film as well and is a very menacing villain. This movie has a great supporting cast that includes Reginald VelJohnson, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, and Paul Gleason who has some funny moments in this movie. Overall Die Hard is an action classic that I would recommend to anyone who loves movies or action movies.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

Fight Club has got to be one of the strangest films I've seen but it is no doubt one of the best and one of the most unique movies I've ever seen. Fight Club is about a guy who is only credited as Narrator, who lives a very boring life and cant even sleep at night. Because of the problem of him not sleeping he goes to support groups for people with deadly diseases just so he has people to talk to. After going to these groups for awhile he meets Marla who is basically doing the same thing as him and the two of them end up having a very interesting relationship. One day when the Narrator is on a plane returning from a business trip he meets a very interesting man named Tyler Durden who makes soap. The two men become friends quick and create Fight Club, a club were you just go let of some steam by fighting someone else. Everything starts to go well but soon it turns into chaos and will keep you at the edge of your seat. When I first heard of Fight Club and all of the great things about it I just thought it would be a great fighting movie but after watching the movie I saw that it was way more than that. This movie is way more than a fighting movie and has got to be one of the best movies ever made. This movie is based of the book with the same name that was written by Chuck Palahniuk and let me say that I have not read the book so I will be talking about this from a film standpoint. First thing that makes this movie spectacular is that this movie has a fantastic story. The story to this movie it just outstanding and when you hear that a title of a movie is Fight Club you would probably think of a movie about fighting but this movie is way more than that. This movie does not fail to keep you entertained because this movie has many twists and turns. Another thing that this story does great on is that the story has a great build up to the ending which is just fantastic. Without spoiling anything this movie has a fantastic ending that I could not see by a long shot and I'm pretty sure most people will not see this ending coming. The script to this movie is also very well done with some great dialogue and like I mentioned before a fantastic and extraordinary story that is well built. This movie also has some other entertaining aspects. This movie has some very brutal fighting/action scenes that were very well done but it's not just action in this movie. This movie is also very funny at times and also has some very good drama. Another thing that makes this movie so remarkable is that this movie actually has some great and very unique characters that you actually care about and see change over time. The characters in this movie all have fantastic chemistry and are all played by fantastic actors. Edward Norton is just absolutely amazing in this movie and probably his greatest performance ever. What makes him so good is that he becomes his character and is just spectacular in every scene he's in. Brad Pitt is also amazing in this movie because his character is just so strange and unique and Pitt does that very well. This is also probably one of Pitt's greatest performance. The chemistry between Norton and Pitt in this movie is just fantastic and it was just really fun to watch these guys in screen together. Helena Bonham Carter gives a great performance as well in this movie and I loved the chemistry that her and Norton had in this movie. The rest of this cast is fantastic just like Norton, Pitt, and Carter. Overall Fight Club is a terrific movie that I highly recommend to any film buff and really hope that you enjoy this movie as much as I did.

Predators
Predators(2010)
½

Predators is a really good action movie and a good addition to the Predator franchise. Predators is about some of the most deadliest people on Earth who mercenaries, convicts, soldiers, gangsters, and the main point is they are the killers of out planet. Now this group of killers are put onto a different planet were they are now hunted by the Predators. They were put on this planet for a test, the test of survival. This group now has to see if they can manage to survive on this strange planet and see if they can even find a way of this planet. It's the ultimate battle between the predators of our world, and the predators of their world. In 1987 the first Predator came out and it was and outstanding. In 1990 the sequel, Predator 2, came out and it was no where near as good as the first and had many flaws. Twenty years later we have Predators which turns out to be a really fun time. This movie is not as good as the original by a long shot but it's a really fun time and makes up for Predator 2. This movie starts out very exciting and it stays exciting to the very end of the movie. I really enjoyed this movie's story because it was just very different and interesting. I never got bored with this movie because I always wanted to know what would happen next. I also really liked the ending because it was just really cool and left some questions that had me thinking. Another good thing about this movie is that this movie has some awesome action scenes that had me at the tip of seat and where very entertaining. This movie also has some terrific special effects that looked very good during the action scenes. Unlike Predator 2 this movie actually has a good cast that gives some good performances. Adrien Brody is very good in this movie because his character reminded me a lot of Schwarzenegger's character in the first movie and I thought Brody did a good job in that role. Alice Braga is good in this movie as well but at times she felt a little off from the rest of the actors. Laurence Fishburne isn't really in the movie for that long but when he was in this movie he was very good. Overall Predators is a fun ride from start to finish and is a movie I recommend to anyone who enjoys the Predator franchise.

Predator 2
Predator 2(1990)
½

Predator 2 is a decent action movie but is very disappointing compared to the original which is a classic in my mind. Predator 2 is about Mike Harrigan who is an LAPD detective and his group who are in the middle of a drug war between the Spanish and the Jamaicans during the one of the hottest summers ever in LA. After many people from both sides of the gangs are slaughtered by a creature that is not from this planet. Harrigan wants to find this killer but 't aloud to be in this investigation because of FBI investigator Peter Keyes who is trying to keep this investigation to him and his group of people. Harrigan won't stop til he finds out whats going on but the question is can he even survive LA with this Predator walking around the city? To me and many others the original Predator was a classic action movie that had it all. You had a great story, fantastic action, and of course an awesome Schwarzenegger performance. For the sequel, Predator 2, that is not the case at all. Predator 2 is nothing compared to the original because there is only a few thing to like about this movie. I personally did not like the story because there was to much to it. The original story was just simple and I guess it could be the same with this movie but it had to many side plots that I really didn't care about. This movie could also get very predictable at times because the same thing would happen over and over. The only thing that kept me from hating this movie was the action. The action in this movie is fun and entertaining and makes up for some of the stories issues. One thing that I really hated about this movie was the characters and acting. The characters in this movie are just so stupid and annoying and because of that I really didn't care for them. I did not like Danny Glover at all in this movie because he is no Schwarzenegger and I know that for a fact but I just thought his character and his acting was just terrible. Gary Busey, Maria Conchita, and Bill Paxton were all just flat out annoying to me and I thought that they were all horrible supporting actors. Ruben Blades gives a decent performance and is much better than the rest. The best performance by far isn't really a performance and it's from Kevin Peter Hall. Kevin Peter Hall is back once again as the Predator and the Predator is just a total bad-ass as usual. Overall Predator 2 is a decent sequel that has very little to offer and I only recommend this movie because of its action.

Predator
Predator(1987)

Predator is one of the best action movies ever made and definitely one of the best 80s movies. Predator is about a special forces group, led by Maj. Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, who are sent to the jungle to rescues some hostages that are being held by some guerrillas. When they enter the jungle the encounter the guerrillas but that's not the only thing that they find. After the deal with the guerrillas they have to get to a safe spot to get picked up by some choppers but they start to get picked of one by one by something that's not human. Now this special forces team is put to the ultimate test by seeing if the can survive this Predator that's hunting them down. The 80s is by far one of the best time periods of movie history because there were been so many classics that were made during the 80s and Predator was one of them. When it comes to awesome Sci-Fi adventure movie that have bad-ass creature Predator would be on that list to. The first two Alien movie were magnificent because of the suspense, story, creature, and action and Predator has all of that and turns out to be a magnificent movie as well. The story is very simple and it worked very well. This movie never had one dull moment and always kept me on the edge of my seat. What made me stay one edge of my seat is that this movie had so many suspenseful scenes and so many thrilling moments. Another thing that makes this movie so good is that this movie has some terrific action that is sure to entertain anyone who watches this movie. With all the suspenseful/ thrilling moment and all the action in this movie is why this movie never bored me at all. This movie has a terrific cast which include none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. Arnold has given many great performances but in this movie he just gives a terrific performance. This is by far one of his best performances because he's a total bad-ass cause he shows no fear and has many classic quotes just like any other Schwarzenegger classic. This movie also has a terrific supporting cast that includes Carl Weather, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, Shane Black, and Kevin Peter Hall who plays the Predator. Overall Predator is a classic Sci-Fi film that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys action or horror movies or to anyone who just wants to watch a great movie.

Signs
Signs(2002)
½

Signs is a magnificent movie that has a lot of different genres and works so well with this movie. Signs is about the Hess family, this family has been through many things in their life but none of that prepares them for what happens next. One day the Graham Hess, his kids Morgan and Bo, and brother Merrill find 500-foot crop circle that it sign. It turns out that these signs are showing up all around the world and that they could be coming from aliens. Now with the possibility of an alien invasion, the Hess family has to prepare for the worst and find ways to protect them selves from the possible aliens that could arrive any second. Normally you would think of an alien invasion type of movie as a giant war with a lot of explosions, or at least that's what I think. In Signs it's not like that all and it works so well and it's actually better than some of those other movies. What makes this movie so good is that it has a great story, a fantastic variety of genres, and a great group of actors. The story to this movie is just great because it's not all fast paced but it's really slow paced and builds up a lot of suspense. I really liked how the story was slow paced and it was also interesting to learn about all the characters in this movie as well. Like I mentioned earlier this movie has a lot of genres and one of those is thriller/suspense and there are so many thrilling, suspenseful moments and it works so well with the slow paced story because it just builds and builds up the suspense. Another genre this movie has is horror and the horror in this movie actually worked because I was honestly getting a bit freaked out while watching this movie. This movie also has a little bit of drama that works in this movie along with some humor. The casting in this movie was great because there are some great actors in this movie who give some great performances. Mel Gibson is just absolutely amazing in this movie because his performance was so powerful and his chemistry with all the other actors was great. Joaquin Phoenix is also great in this movie who provides most the humor and his character is very likable. The kids in this movie, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin (who aren't kids now), were also fantastic because I didn't think that they were annoying and I bought that they were kids during an alien invasion threat. Overall Signs is a fantastic movie that I recommend to anyone who wants a good thriller, Sci-Fi, or horror movie.

Disturbia
Disturbia(2007)

Disturbia is a bad, boring thrill that has a very little amount of good that made me think that this film wasn't completely horrible. Disturbia is about a seventeen year old boy named Kale who witnessed his dad's death after they went on a fishing trip. One year later he loses it in one of his classes and hits one of his teachers and is now sentenced to three months of house arrest. While Kale is in house arrest he starts to spy on in his neighbors including his new neighbor Ashley, who soon becomes his friend, and the suspicious Robert Turner. Kale now has a theory that Turner is a serial killer after seeing weird things going on at his house and needs to prove that he is a killer with the help of his friends Ashley and Ronnie. Thrillers are always fun to watch because they keep you at the edge of your chair but that is not the case for Disturbia. Disturbia is a dumb thriller that really packs no thrill or excitement. The movie's story is cool but it's been uses before and everything in the story is just so dumb. This movie is very predictable and up until the final act very boring. Nothing really goes on in the first hour and a half of this movie and the thrills they tried to use weren't good at all. There were also quite a few plot holes that they should have explained but instead they just left it out. Another thing thing that is pretty bad in this movie is that you really don't care for the characters. The characters in this movie are just so stupid and I really didn't by the relationship with Kale and Ashley. Like I mentioned earlier this movie lacks some thrilling moments and that is very true. The only moment that I felt was thrilling was the end but that's the only thrilling moment you'll get in this movie. This movie also has a few chuckles throughout the movie. The acting in this movie is bad in this movie and thats mostly because the characters in this movie aren't that likable like I mentioned earlier. Shia LaBeouf can be a good actor at times but in this movie he was just bad. I did not buy his performance what so ever and that's the same for Sarah Roemer who is only in this movie because of her looks. As for David Morse's performance it was the same as the rest. I felt that was a stupid antagonist and didn't seem like a serial killer at all. Overall Disturbia is a stupid thriller that I do not recommend but some people may like this movie.

Total Recall
Total Recall(1990)
½

Total Recall is an amazing Sci-Fi film that is a fun adventure to follow from start to finish. Total Recall is about Doug Quaid who is just a normal civilian who has an obsession with Mars and lives in the year 2084. One day he decides to go to this place called Rekall, a place where they can plant a memory in your head and it actually feels like your living a whole different life. Once Quaid starts Rekall things get out of control because Rekall has some technical difficulties and it turns out the Quaid is actually a spy whose memory is erased. Now Quaid is being chased down and doesn't know why and now needs to find out who he really is, or is this just a dream? Over the years of film history there have been many Sci-Fi classics and is definitely one of my favorite genres because it's just very interesting to the places that these Sci-Fi movies take you. Also the Sci-Fi has some of my favorite movies such as the first Star Wars movies, T2: Judgement Day, and many more. Although Total Recall isn't one of my all time favorite it's still a fantastic movie and one of the best Sci-Fi movies. What makes this movie so good is that the movie's story is so interesting and cool. I had a blast watching this movie because the story had so many twists and turns plus the story its self was very unique. I will admit at times this movie is a bit cheesy but I could handle it in this movie because it didn't really bother me. Another thing that makes this movie great is that it has some great action scenes. The action in this movie is just electrifying and highly entertaining to watch. This movie also has some great visual and special effects. The movie's cast is just fantastic and no one in this movie gives a bad performance. Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of my favorite actors because in almost all his movies he gives a great performance and some of his movie are just awesome and this is one of those movie. Arnold gives a magnificent performance in this movie as the bad-ass he always is in his movies and also pretty funny in this movie as well. Rachel Ticotin and Sharon Stone are great in this movie as the two female leads and prove that looks aren't their only specialties. Ronny Cox and Michael Ironside are fantastic in this movie to as the movie's antagonists. Overall Total Recall is a fantastic Sci-Fi film that is a great watch and also a great adventure to follow.

Men in Black II

Men in Black II is an awful sequel to the original Men in Black that has almost absolutely nothing to enjoy. Me in Black II takes place five years after the events of the first movie were Agent Jay is now use to being a Men in Black agent and Kay is a mailman after Jay wiped his memory at the end of the first movie. Once an evil threat know as Serleena comes to earth to find something know as the Light, Agent Jay needs to restore Kay's memory since he's the only one who know were the Light was hidden. Now the the whole universe is on their shoulders because if they don't find the Light in time there will be no earth. To me the original Men in Black was a decent movie with somethings that are enjoyable but had many flaws but the sequel just ruined the Men in Black franchise to me. Men in Black II is an unnecessary sequel that is just so stupid. I thought the story to this movie was interesting but just like the first one it was written pretty badly. Everything that happened in this movie was just really stupid and rushed. Another thing that made this movie trash is that it's only a ninety minute long movie and it felt like two hours and I just wanted to be done watching it after thirty minutes. As for the comedy in this movie it was trash to. All the jokes in this movie were just so stupid and dumb, it felt like the first Men in Black just recycled their jokes and put it in this movie. The action and special effects were also very bad in this movie as well. One of the only things I liked about the first movie is that I liked the characters and actors but in this movie I didn't give a crap about them. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are both good actors but in this movie they were just so bad and none of their jokes were funny. The performance I hated the most in this movie is from Lara Flynn Boyle who was just terrible as the villain and was only here for her looks. Johnny Knoxville is also in this movie and his talent in completely wasted in this movie because he can be really funny but he was just horrible in this movie. Overall Men in Black II is an awful Sci-Fi/comedy that I suggest no one sees, even if you enjoyed the first one.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)
½

Men in Black is a decent Sci-Fi/comedy film that has its problems but also has a little to like. Men in Black is about New York City cop James Darrel Edwards who encounters a weird criminal one night that turns out to be an alien. After that incident Agent Kay recruits him to a group that is know as the "Men in Black", a group that watches alien life forms on earth. Now Edwards is only known as Jay with no history about his old self. Now Jay and Kay must stop an intergalactic terrorist with a stolen galaxy in time before a war starts with another planet. To me Men in Black isn't that good of a movie that everyone says it is, the story to this movie may seemed good at first but it really wasn't. I don't hate this movie it's just that it has it's flaws and almost enough flaws to make me give this movie two stars. For me one of the main issues with this movie was the story. I thought the story to this movie was good but when I watched it on screen it just didn't work. I felt that the movie was just to rushed and that some scenes just went by in five seconds then just when to the next scene. I also thought the characters in this movie were rushed to. I liked the characters in this movie, I just felt that I didn't know enough about their background and felt that the movie needed that. To me this movie wasn't that enjoyable but it has it's moments. I chuckled a few times and laughed out loud once but this movie didn't make me laugh all throughout the movie. This movie also has some decent special effects and some decent action that is somewhat enjoyable. For me the best part of this movie is the acting because it has two great actors that aren't great in this movie but are still good. Will Smith is good in this movie and provides most of the humor in this movie and Tommy Lee Jones is good as the veteran and Jay's mentor. I thought that their chemistry in this movie was good for what the characters were given. Overall Men in Black is a decent comedy that many people will love but some people may think that it's not all that good.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Kill Bill, Volume 2 is another magnificent film just like the first volume and another masterpiece by writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Kill Bill, Volume 2 picks of right were the first one ended and the character, The Bride, is out to kill the remaindering people of her kill list. The remaining people on her list are Budd, Elle, and Bill. In this movie you also get to learn more about The Bride's past and how she became so deadly. You also get to see her relationship with Bill and why he tried to kill her. At this point The Bride will do anything to get to Bill but also gets a few surprises along the way. What's not to like about Kill Bill, Volume 2? I mean the first one was fantastic and it's directed by Quentin Tarantino so you know your going to get something good, but this movie isn't good, it's fantastic. This movie is just magnificent from start to finish and just as good as the first movie and maybe a bit better. What makes this movie so good is that it has a fantastic story. Most revenge stories are all the same but what makes the Kill Bill movies so good is that the story is so in depth. The thing that made this movie's story what it is, is that it shows The Bride's past and Tarantino did it so well. This whole story is just amazing and never get's boring. Once again this movie is magnificently written and directed by the legendary Quentin Tarantino. The first Kill Bill had a lot of action but in this movie you don't have as much but it didn't matter to me because of the amazing story. However when this movie does have action it's very good and well done. One of the best things about this whole movie is that it has an outstanding cast. Uma Thurman returns and she gives another magnificent performance. Her performance is so strong in this movie and she's so believable and that's what make her so good in these movies. In Kill Bill: Volume 1 you only hear Bill's voice but in this movie you get to see him and what type of character he is and boy is he a great character. Bill is played magnificently by Davie Carradine. Carradine's performance is amazing in this movie and he just added some spooky-ness to Bill. This movie also has a great supporting cast of Michael Madsen and Elle Driver who bother captured their roles. Michael Madsen was great as the slacker with all the bad luck and Elle Driver was magnificent as the twisted, freak chick in this movie. Overall Kill Bill, Volume 2 is another magnificent movie and is a must see for anyone who enjoyed the first or anyone who enjoys Tarantino's work.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is another magnificent film by writer/director Quentin Tarantino that never has a dull moment. Kill is about a girl who is only known as The Bride who comes out of a four year coma and the only survivor at her wedding after a group known as the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad attempted to kill her led by a man named Bill. Now that she has woken up she has made a list of the five people that were involved with the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. Now The Bride is on the loose and only has one thing on her mind, revenge. Quentin Tarantino never fails to make a good movie and has made some classics that I will always remember, Kill Bill: Volume 1 is one of those movies. What makes Tarantino's movies so good is that he always has a great story to tell, fantastic dialogue, an amazing soundtrack, and in this movie, some awesome action. This is not Tarantino's best movie but is sure is one the best movies I've ever seen because Tarantino is by far one of the best directors and has made many of my favorites. In Pulp Fiction the movie had three stories that had a prologue and an epilogue and Reservoir Dogs showed what happened before and after the heist but never the actual heist and that's what made the stories so good in those movies and Kill Bill has it's own story that is very unique and cool. The thing that I really liked about this movies story is that it was in chapters and I thought that was very cool. As for the story it's self it is just absolutely amazing and very well done just like any other Tarantino movie. Another thing that I really like in this movie was there was a scene in this movie were The Bride was introducing one of the characters, O-Ren Ishii, and it showed O-Ren Ishii's past in animation. The script to this movie is also fantastic just like any other Tarantino movie is. One of the best parts about this movie is that this movie has some magnificent action. The action in this movie is very violent but very cool and entertaining. This movie has an awesome cast in this movie the doesn't fail to impress. Uma Thurman was great for her part in Pulp Fiction but now she's the star and she is absolutely amazing in this movie. Her performance in this movie is by far one of the best performances she has ever given and is by far one of my favorite female bad asses in movie history. There are also great performances by Lucy Lui and Vivica A. Fox who play The Bride's two targets/enemies in this movie. Overall KIll Bill: Volume 1 is a magnificent movie that all Tarantino fans should see along with action movie fans.

Safe
Safe(2012)
½

Safe is a really good action movie and one of Jason Statham's better movies. Safe is about Luke Wright, an ex-cop who is really down on his luck lately. One day Luke is at a train station and notices a little girl, Mei, who is being chased by members of the Russian Mob so Luke goes to protect her. After Luke stops the Russians he learns that Mei she's a math genius and she can memorize a whole list of numbers and that the Chinese Mob made her memorize a list of numbers. Those numbers mean a lot to both the Russian and Chinese Mob along with some corrupt cops and now it's Luke's job to protect that little girl. Most of Jason Statham's movies these days are basically almost all the same, if you don't know much about Statham or never seen any of his movies all you have to know is that he goes out and he kicks a lot of ass, to me that's not a bad thing. I'll admit that most of Statham's movies are the same but I really like a lot of them but he has been in a couple of bad movies. I think Jason Statham is a great actor and one of todays best action heroes and I think this is one of his best movies. One thing that worked in this movie is that it actually has a good story unlike some other Statham movies were the story is just crap and the movies relies on Statham kicking a bunch of ass to make the movie. I thought the story to this movie was very well done and unlike some of Statham's characters you actually feel for him in this movie because of what he's been through and you root for him the whole movie. Since it's a Statham movie you can also expect a lot of action in this movie and that's what you get. The action in this movie is very good and entertaining but at times I felt that they just kept doing the same thing over and over but overall the action in this movie was very good. This movie also has some pretty good acting. Jason Statham gives a great performance in this movie and is a total badass in this movie. He is just at the top of this game in this movie and kills a bunch of people in this movie (of course). A surprise to me in this movie is Catherine Chan's performance because she wasn't annoying at all. I thought that she would be horrible in this movie but she surprised me and actually gave a good performance. Overall Safe is a really good action movie and is a good movie to watch if you just want 90 minutes of entertainment.

Battle Royale

Battle Royale is easily one of the most twisted, disturbing movies I have ever seen but it's still a great movie. Battle Royale takes place in a time were society is on the verge of collapsing because teenagers are starting to get rebellious who are causing trouble for adults so the government takes action into their own hands so they start something called Battle Royale. Battle Royale is were one class of school kids are taken to this Japanese island and are forced to fight to the death. These students have three days to kill each other off and if theirs more than one survivor after the three days they could all die. Alright I'm only going to mention The Hunger Games once in this review. I loved The Hunger Games series and thought the movie was great and lots of people told me it ripped off Battle Royale and after watching it I can see that they did take some stuff. The Hunger Games is still a great book series and movie but Battle Royale is were it started. I will also say that this is one of the most brutal movies I have ever seen and if you don't like hardcore action or violence, especially with kids, you will not like this movie what soever. Even with all the violence in this movie I thought that this movie is great and has a lot to like about it. First off this movie has a sick, gruesome story but it works in this movie. I know that a bunch of teens killing each other sounds horrible but the story is so original and everything in the story worked so well. Like I said the story is really dark but because of that darkness you actually feel for everyone in this movie. The characters in this movie aren't just some random characters that you don't care because you actually care about the characters in this movie because you get to see their past, and the fact that their in 9th grade makes you feel for them as well. The action in this movie is very brutal and intense and because it's teenagers causing all this violence you might think it's a bit to much but it's actually pretty entertaining. I know that makes me sound like a complete dick but it's an action movie and it's pretty entertaining. As for the acting in this movie it's also pretty damn good. Tatsuya Fujiwara is absolutely great in this movie and he was perfect for his character and actually made me feel for him in this movie along with Aki Maeda. Taro Yamamoto is great in this movie as well and I thought that his character was so well done and he just played the role perfectly. Another noticeable performance in this movie is from Takeshi Kitano whose character was really dark and made that character come to life and even strikes fear into you. Overall Battle Royale is a great movie but is certainly not for everyone.

The Raven
The Raven(2012)
½

The Raven is a decent movie with a story that could have made the movie great but the movie has quite a few problems. The Raven takes place in 1849 were a killer has been inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's stories and poems so he goes out killing people in the same way the people die in Poe's story. Now it is Detective Emmet Fields job to find this killer so he get's Poe himself to help find the killer. Everything turns into madness when Poe's love, Emily, is kidnapped and the killer is now playing games with Poe by leaving clues to all the bodies that the killer has killed leading him to Emily. With all these clues can Poe and Fields find this killer or will they die like the other victims? Hearing about The Raven actually excited me because I actually thought it could be a great movie. I thought the story to this movie was very interesting and ever since I learned about Edgar Allan Poe I've been interested in him so I thought it would make a great movie, unfortunately it's just a decent, forgettable movie. Although the movie's story really interesting and cool it had it's problems. One thing that didn't really work is that for the first half I was really involved with the movie but after awhile I started to get bored and felt that the movie was just starting to drag on. This movie felt longer than it was and for this movie it isn't necessarily a good thing, I felt that some scenes could have easily been cut out. The only thing about this movie that I really don't have an opinion for is the movies ending. The motive that killer had felt pretty dumb but at the same time I actually king of liked it. To make up for the story this movie has some scenes in this movie that kept me entertained and were very thrilling. As for the performances in this movie they were decent. I thought John Cusack was good as Edgar Allan Poe for what he was given. Since I know a little about Edgar Allan Poe I know what he was like and what type of guy he was and I didn't think that Cusack was Poe but I still think that he gives a good performance here. I also think that Luke Evans is good here even though at time he tries to go over the top. The only performance here that I really didn't care for was Alice Eve who I felt didn't capture her role at all and because of that I didn't really buy her and Cusack's romance in this movie. The rest of the performances in this movie are decent but don't really have that much screen time as the rest do. Overall The Raven is a decent movie that has a little bit to offer but pretty forgettable.

The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour is one giant mess that has do many problems and by far one of the worst Sci-Fi films made. The Darkest Hour is about is about Sean and Ben who go to Moscow for a business for some blog they made. Their blog is soon stolen by another business man, Skyler, and just decide to go to a club. At the club they meet two americans, Natalie and Anne, and just plan on having a good time. After awhile the power goes out and these strange lights are appearing and some are landing on the ground. It turns out that their invisible aliens that can vaporize you and is trying to take out the whole world. Now the four teenagers and Skyler have to find a way to survive in this madness and come up with a plan to stop them. Alright now the alien invasion genre is starting to get a bit out of control because most the time now were just getting crap. Sure some of them are actually enjoyable but most of them turn out to big a big waste of time and the latest one to the big waste of time category is The Darkest Hour. I really don't even know why I wanted to see this movie because the trailers didn't even appeal to me. One reason why this movie didn't seem interesting was the movie's story and boy was it bad. I thought the story to this movie was just really dumb and everything just happens way to quick. I mean to me some scenes felt like five seconds were they would try to get into some big issue but it would just end four seconds later. Another big issue I had with this movie is that it's only an hour and a half long and it like I was watching it for two and a half hours which just felt really stupid. There is also a bunch of terrible dialogue in this movie. As for the movie action and special effects your not going to get anything here. These special effects are about as good as the one you see on the Sy Fy channel (which this movie should have just been played on). Acting wise in this movie it isn't half bad, alright that was a lie it was horrible. We have seen these characters many times and we all know whats going to happen to them and the actors in this movie take the roles so seriously. We have Emile Hirsch's and Max Minghella's character, two best friends, one smart (Minghell) and the other a loud mouth (Hirsch) who always has something to say. Hirsch was just terrible in this movie and took the role to serious. The sad thing about this movie is that the writers made Hirsch's character like a middle school kid and he still went try hard while acting in this movie. As for the rest of the cast they all give terrible performances as well. Overall The Darkest Hour is probably one of the worst movie I've seen in quite sometime and I really hope no one has the desire to see this movie.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger is a great superhero flick that is a fun ride with some issues though. Captain America: The First Avenger is about Steve Rogers who is tiny and very weak but wants to help his country win WWII. After being denied by the military many times he finally get's shot to be a soldier when Dr. Abraham Erskine offers him a chance to be in an experiment which could turn him into a super soldier. The experiment is a success but instead of getting into the battle, Roger turns into Captain America who is a piece of propaganda but once he turns into a soldier he has to go up against HYDRA. HYDRA is the Nazi deep science division lead by Johann Schmidt (AKA Red Skull) that is planning something really big. Now Captain America has to stop HYDRA and will need the help from his allies and friends. Marvel has been on a hot streak ever since 2008 when Iron Man hit theaters and started The Avenger preludes. In my mind all the preludes were great but I had my worries about Captain America: THe First Avenger. I worried that it might not live up to the other films but sure enough I was wrong. Sure this movie has some problems but other than that I had a fun time with this movie. I have always liked Captain America because he was in a different generation than all the other heroes and that he was in WWII and I thought that they did a great job at bringing that to the movie. I thought the story to this movie was very good but I felt at times the movie feels a little silly or a bit boring but it wasn't that big of an issue for me. The action in this movie is fun and entertaining but I felt that they could have added a bit more but it was still some fun action. One thing that I was interested in before the movie came out was the cast because I thought that the movie had an interesting cast and was looking forward to seeing them in this movie. I was really interested in seeing Chris Evans play Captain America because I didn't know if he could pull it off since he use to play the Human Torch in The Fantastic Four and was a very silly character and I didn't think Evans could pull it off. Sure enough I was wrong because Evans gives a great performance in this movie and really captured the role as Captain America. Evans character was really likable and you can actually buy that he's this patriotic american. Hugo Weaving gives a great performance in this movie as well who was a great villain in this movie but not quite like other villains in other superhero movies. This movie also has a terrific supporting cast of Haley Atwell who was very good for her role, Sebastian Stan who was good even though he has a smaller role, and Tommy Lee Jones who I thought was perfect for his role and played it so well. Dominic Cooper and Stanley Tucci are very good in this movie as well. Overall Captain America: The First Avenger was a fun ride and another great Avengers prelude.

Thor
Thor(2011)

Thor is great film and one of Marvel's most electrifying movies made in the whole franchise yet. Thor starts out on the realm of Asgard were a the king Odin lives with his two sons, Thor and Loki. Thor is next in line to be king but on the day of his ceremony the evil Frost Giants break into Asgard and try to take the "Casket" which once belonged to their realm but get stopped before they can get out. Thor heads out to the Frost Giants realm for payback but these reckless actions get him into some deep trouble. His punishment for going to the Frost Giants home is that his powers are taken away from him and he is sent to Earth were he meets scientist Jane Foster. Now Thor has to somehow get his powers back to and get back to Asgard and stop Loki who is planning something big up there. With all the Avenger movie announced and out Thor was the only one I worried about because it didn't blow me away with the trailers, but then again Iron Man's trailer didn't blow me away and that movie turned out to be fantastic. After watching Thor I was gladly surprised and the movie turned out to be one of the best superhero movies in some times, it isn't the best but it's up in that list. The movie's story was great in this movie and the way everything goes is just really good. This story brought more than I expected it to. This movie also has some great action scenes that kept had me at the tip of my chair. Another thing that is great about this movie is that it has some terrific special effects and some amazing visual effects that just looked amazing on screen. In my mind the best thing about this movie is that it has some great actors and introduces two newcomers that have great futures ahead of them. Chris Hemsworth shines in this movie as Thor and just nailed this role. Before this movie he wasn't that much of a star like the actors in the other Avenger movies and was never the lead and this movie was perfect for him because he was perfect as Thor and it will hopefully turn him into a star. Another newcomer to this movie is Tom Hiddleston who just knocks it out of the park in this movie as Loki. I thought Hiddleston was a magnificent villain in this movie and just played that character so well. Natalie Portman also has her time to shine in this movie and gives a great performance in this movie. This movie also has a great supporting cast with Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, and Colm Feore. Overall Thor is a great Marvel movie and definitely a movie to check out.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

Iron Man 2 is a fun, exciting ride but not as good as the first. Iron Man 2 is once again about Tony Stark who is now keeping the people safe from harms way with his Iron Man suit. At this time Tony has a lot of stuff that is happening to. During this time he is being told to give the Iron Man suit to the military, he is a target to a deadly villain, Whiplash, and last but not least he is dying from the source that is keeping him alive. Now Tony has to get threw this whole thing while trying to survive and keep the Iron Man suit from the government. In 2008 Iron Man turned into a hit and just like most successful superhero movies there are usually sequels. Some sequels can turn out to great but some can end up being bad. I thought Iron Man was a fantastic film and a sequel could be good or bad but it turns out it's actually a great movie. It may be a bit disappointing to some but others might be very pleased with this movie. One thing that I really liked in this movie is that it has a bunch of different stories in this movie. Some might not like that but I actually enjoyed seeing each story unfold. The only problem I had with this movie's story is that some scenes were a little rushed, such as the movie's final action sequence between the hero and the villain. To make up for that this movie has some really good action scenes all throughout the movie. This movie also has some good humor just like the first movie. One thing that Iron Man so good is that it had a great cast and in this movie it has that great cast once again with some new people who are great in this movie. Robert Downey Jr. returns and is just perfect once again as Tony Stark. Every time he's on screen he is just amazing and always entertaining. A new addition to the Iron Man franchise is Don Cheadle who replaced Terrence Howard and he gives a great performance. I was worried about this replacement but after seeing his performance I was gladly surprised. For the time he is in this movie, Mickey Rourke gives a solid performance as the movie's villain and just seems really menacing. Even though they both have brief appearances, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg give good performance and I'm really looking forward to seeing more of them in the Marvel franchise. Scarlett Johansson gives a good performance as well and just looks absolutely stunning in this movie. As for Gwyneth Paltrow and Sam Rockwell they both give pretty poor performances and both seemed to annoy me at times. Overall Iron Man 2 is a great sequel to the first with some tiny problems.

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk is a great action film and another successful Marvel movie. The Incredible Hulk is about scientist Bruce Banner who was involved is an experiment that went totally wrong that turned him into a giant green beast whenever he gets angry. It has been five years since that experiment and now he is being hunted down by the US military while looking for a cure to stop that beast from coming out. General Ross is leading this military operation to find Banner and using a soldier, Emil Blonsky, as a weapon by injecting him with a super soldier venom that makes him stronger and quicker. Now will Banner find the cure or will he be stopped once and for all. In 2008 it seemed to be a year for superhero movies because quite a few came out such as some smash hits like Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Although The Incredible Hulk is not as good as those two films this movie does manage to be a fun movie from start to finish. One thing I liked about the movie is that they decided to reboot it since the Ang Lee's Hulk didn't do so well and from what I remember it wasn't that good of a film. As it sounded like a good idea I was worried that the reboot wouldn't do that well but after watching it, it turned out to be a great movie. This movie does a good job at summarizing what happened to Banner in the first five minutes instead of taking an hour like the first Hulk and got straight into the story. I thought that this movie had a great story and the way everything happened was just great as well. This movie also has some great action sequences along with some great CGI. With the CGI, this movie has a great ending battle between The Hulk and the villain, Abomination. The movie's cast in this movie is great and they all deliver in this film. Edward Norton is just great in this movie as Bruce Banner and probably the best Banner yet. Another great performance in this movie is from William Hurt who just nailed it as Gen. Ross along with the beautiful Liv Tyler who gives a great performance as well. Tim Roth is also great in this movie and is just perfect as the villain because he's just so creepy and mysterious in this movie. Overall The Incredible Hulk is a great action film and is a must see for Marvel fans.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)
½

Iron Man is a fantastic superhero movie and definitely one of Marvel's greatest adaptions, also one of the best superhero movie made in recent years. Iron Man is about Tony Stark who is the owner of a company that develops weapons, Stark Industries, and also builds them. After a demonstration of his latest weapon his convoy is attacked and he ends up getting kidnapped. He see's that his weapons fell into the wrong hands and now he is forced to make a diabolical weapon but starts to make a new suit that has weapons and can fly that will can use to bust out. He soon escapes and is rescued and sent back to America were he is now making an upgraded suit and use it to stop the evil out there and the people he put in harms way with his weapons. My first thought on Iron Man before it came out was that it would be a decent superhero movie or that it would just be like some of the disappointments in superhero movie history. After seeing it awhile back I thought it was great and that it just get's better every time I watch it. This is one of the best superhero movies made and one of my favorites from Marvel. One thing that this movie does a great job at is that it pulls you in right from the beginning and keeps you entertained all the way to the end of the movie. This movie has such a good story because it put some type of realism in the movie with the whole terrorist part of the movie. Another thing about the story that is fun to watch is Tony Stark changing after he is rescued from the terrorist because all the stuff he saw there changed him and I thought that they did that part very well. This movie also has a great ending that is actually after the credits so if you watch it keep watching after the credits. Another great aspect of this movie is that it has some great action sequences all throughout the movie and even some pretty good humor. Iron Man has a fantastic cast and they do not let down in this movie. Robert Downey Jr. is just absolutely amazing in this movie because he is just like the character in the comics and cartoons. He is always cracking jokes on screen that actually work and was just a perfect Tony Stark. Some great performances in this movie is by Jeff Brides, Terrence Howard, and Gwyneth Paltrow who are great as the supporting cast. Shaun Toub is also very good for the amount of time he was in this movie. Overall Iron Man is a fantastic superhero movie and a action movie worth seeing.

The Raid: Redemption
½

The Raid: Redemption is an eletrifying action film and one of the best action films in quite some time. The Raid: Redemption is about Rama, a rookie of an elite special-forces team and his team's deadly mission. His teams mission is to go into a thirty floor apartment building to capture crime lord Tama. Once they arrive their cover get's blown and turns everything into a nightmare. Tama sends every criminal in that building after this special-force team and makes the team mission hell. The question how long will this team last in this hellhole and will they complete their mission? The Raid: Redemption is by far one of the best action films I have seen in along time. I have been excited to this movie for along time and it did not disappoint what soever. This movie is a blast from start to finish and is sure to entertain anyone who loves action movies. The story to this movie was very simple and it worked great, this movie is not men't for the story but for it's action and it's simple story worked perfectly. The action in this movie is just amazing. This is by far some of the greatest action sequences I have ever seen in my life. This movie's action worked so well because it has some of the best choreography I have ever seen and it doesn't ever use shaky cam. This movie's action is also very brutal but it's still very entertaining. The action is never boring and will please any action buff. The acting in this movie is good but the characters aren't all that great. It's not that I didn't like the characters in this movie but I didn't really feel for them like I feel for other characters in action movies. Also Rama's character has been used all the time, the cop who needs to get home because his wife is pregnant. Even though his character isn't original Iko Uwais still gives a great performance. Another actor I really liked in this movie was Doni Alamsyah who has his moments in this movie. Overall The Raid: Redemption is a fantastic action flick that is perfect for any one who loves action movies or anyone who just wants a hundred minutes of pure entertainment.

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

Zack Snyder's adaption of Watchmen is a really good film but I have to admit I had a few problems with the movie. Watchmen takes place in 1985 but in a different 1985 were in the past there were superheroes and the US won the Vietnam war. Superheroes have now been outlawed and have been seen in years except for one named Rorschach. One night one of the ex-heroes is killed know as the Comedian and Rorschach tries to get the group back together because of his theory that someones out to get the costumed heroes. As the film goes on tension rises between the US and Russia as they are on the verge on nuclear war and that getting rid of the heroes is just a small step into something much bigger. The other heroes are Silk Spectre II who is the second Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan who can see the future and could be used as a weapon, Ozymandias who is rich and owns his own company, and Nite Owl who is the second Nite Owl. Watchmen is based of the comic written by Alan Moore and artists Dave Gibbons and happens to be one of my favorite comic books. With a run time of 2 hours and 43 minutes I thought that Zack Snyder could do a great job with this movie but to me it was a disappointment. It's still a really good film but it just wasn't as great as I hoped it would be. The main problem for me is that I felt that they left a bunch of stuff out from the comic. I know that every adaption can't really get it spot on but I just felt that this movie left out a lot. Another problem I have with the film is that they changed the ending but in a way I can see why they changed the ending. Despite those problems this film does a good job of adapting the comic. One thing in this film that I really liked about the comic is that it wasn't a kids comic, its dark, it's gritty, and serious and the movie does a really job at showing that. The action in this film is also very good and some great visual effects. One thing that I always look for in adaptions is if the cast does a good job at playing the characters and in this movie it does a pretty good job. The best performance in the movie is by far Jackie Earle Haley who plays Rorschach who was my favorite character in the comic. Jackie was just like Rorschach and did a great job at portraying that character. Billy Crudup give a really good job in this movie as Dr. Manhattan as well as Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl. The only actor that I had a problem with was Malin Akerman who I felt gave a poor performance as Silk Spectre because she didn't feel like her character. Even though they aren't in the film a whole lot Matthew Goode and Jeffery Dean Morgan give some really good performances. Overall Watchmen is a really good film but could be a disappointment to fans of the comic but for people who haven't read the comic I think that this would be a great movie for you.

This review is for the theatrical version

Hugo
Hugo(2011)

Martin Scorsese's Hugo is great film that has a lot to offer and a great adaption to the book. Hugo is about a young boy named Hugo Cabret who lives in a train station were he works on all the clocks in the stations. He lives in the train station because his father died in a fire but one thing remains from his father, an automaton, a machine that can draw, write, or do some other amazing things. He and his dad have been working on it for awhile and when Hugo's father died he made it his mission to fix the automaton. Everything turns into an adventure for Hugo at the station and this adventure includes Isabelle his friend, toy shop owner Georges Melies who has something to do with the beginning of cinema, and the evil Station Inspector who is out to capture Hugo. One thing that Martin Scorsese can always do is make a great movie. All throughout his career he has made many magnificent films and will hopefully be making more in the future, but over the years he has made serious movies and not a family movies until now. After watching Hugo I learned that Scorsese can make any type of movie because Hugo was great. Hugo is based off on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and is a book that I very much enjoyed. This movie is a great adaption to the book and is almost spot on but it does forget a few things from the book but that didn't bother me that much because they added a few thing that weren't in the book. The story to this movie is just great and is great for the whole family. This movie has adventure, thrilling moments, humor, and some sad moments at times but in the end it made me feel good. One thing that I think they did a great job at was bringing in the start of cinema into the movie because it's very interesting. Another thing that I really liked about the movie is that they pay a tribute to filmmaker Georges Melies and the story that they gave him in the movie was really interesting and cool. Throughout the movie I saw a lot of visuals that just looked outstanding to me and a few scenes were the visual effects just looked amazing. This movie also has a group of great actors who give great performances in this movie. Asa Butterfield gives an amazing performance in this movie as Hugo along with Chloe Moretz who I already like as an actress, I hope to see more of these kids in the future. Ben Kingsley also gives a great performance as Georges Melies. Overall Hugo is a great movie to watch with your family but I think the people who will like it the most are people who love movies.

American Wedding
½

American Wedding is yet another funny movie in the American Pie franchise but still has it's flaws. American Wedding is about the whole gang (except for Oz) after their graduation and Jim asks Michelle to marry him, of course the answer is yes. Knowing that it's an American Pie movie nothing really goes right for Jim so there's going to be a lot of crazy stuff happening and he get's into some awkward situations like he usually does. This wedding will be remembered by almost everyone whose invited just because of how messed up it is. American Pie to me is a great series because it does a really good job of making good sequels. This might not be the case for some other people but I really enjoy this series even though it isn't perfect. Each movie has it's flaws but in this one I found a bit more than the others did. The main problem for me with this movie was the story. The way everything happens is just stupid and at times everything just went to fast. There were a few moments in the movie were I thought the story did a decent job but for the most part it wasn't that good. The good thing about this movie is that the comedy is good enough were I can look past the story. This movie has some really funny parts but some times the comedy would slow down and the jokes would be a bit flat, but for the most part I was laughing and having a good time with the movie. The cast for this movie is still good just like they were in the previous films but I felt the characters weren't all that great.I though the characters were really good in the first movie and for the second film they lacked a few things and in this movie they felt the same as the second movie. I felt that each character didn't have enough time on screen and felt that they needed more time on screen. One thing I did like is that you get to see more of Seann William Scott who is hilarious like he was in the other two films. Jason Biggs gives a good performance here along with the always funny Eugene Levy. Overall American Wedding is another really good movie and is a good addition to the series despite some little flaws.

American Pie 2
½

American Pie 2 is a really good sequel but not as good as the original. American Pie 2 takes place during the summer after the old gangs freshman year in college. Now that it's summer the gang goes down to a lake house where Kevin's brother once stayed and threw one hell of a party. Now it's up to the gang to throw a party that they will all remember. Also Jim's old crush Nadia is returning and he has to get lessons from Michelle Flaherty (first girl he slept with) to not screw up when he's with Nadia. Of course there will also be a few awkward situations along the way as well. To me the first American Pie was not a perfect film but still one great comedy. Making a sequel to a comedy could be hard because not all comedy sequels are all that good but for what this movie is given it does a very good job. This movie is not better than the first but it is still a very good movie and managed to entertain me. The story to me really isn't that original but I liked it because you get to see what everyone is like in college and if the characters changed over time. At times the movie's story could be a bit boring and some plot points were a bit stupid but for the most part it's a good story. What made me like the first one so much is that it was so funny and the sequel was pretty funny yo. At times this movie's jokes and situations were a bit flat and you could tell they were just doing the same jokes as the first movie but for the most part this movie was pretty funny. To me the acting in this film and the characters weren't that good as they were in the first. In the first movie I really liked the characters but in this movie they just didn't seem as cool as the did in the first movie. The actors were still good and funny but their performances weren't as good as the first. The best comedic performances in this movie is basically the same as the first, Jason Biggs is still getting into hilarious situations and Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy are still the funniest people in this movie. Overall American Pie 2 is a good sequel but not as good as the first.

American Pie
American Pie(1999)

American Pie is a great teen comedy that has many laughs and a great story for teens. American Pie is about four seniors in high school, Jim, Oz, Kevin, and Finch who have never been laid all throughout their time in high school and they all agree that it's time to end that. With the school year ending they make a pact that they will all get laid on Prom night so they don't go off to college as virgins. As time goes on they find them selves into some awkward situations (mostly Jim) and even a little drama. American Pie is one great comedy. Not everybody sees this movie the same way but I think that this movie would appeal more to teens than anyone. Others will still like it but this is more if a teen movie than anything. I've always enjoyed teen movies and this is one of the best out there. It is not the best but it is one of the most enjoyable ones. What makes this movie so good is that this movie can relate to teens (mostly guys). This movie's story can almost relate to any teen guy out there and this movie does such a good job at showing that. Sure this movie has it's moments where your just sitting there thinking this is pretty dumb but there's only a few of those moments. For the most part this movie's story does a pretty good job. The thing that mostly everyone can agree on about this movie is that this movie has some hilarious moments. Not everyone will agree with me on how funny this movie is but I think this movie is hilarious. This movie was making laugh so hard at times and there was some comedy in this movie that was so stupid yet funny at the same time. I will admit at times the comedy get's a bit dull but for most of the time it's an hilarious film. This movie also has the perfect cast for this movie. I think the whole cast did a great job and the characters were so likable. Jason Bigg's was great in this movie and he played his character so well and was actually my favorite character of the movie because of all the funny stuff that happens to his character. Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, and Eddie Kaye Thomas were great as well. Even though Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy don't have huge parts I think that they were two of the funniest characters in the movie. Overall American Pie is a great teen comedy that I highly recommend.

The Adventures of Tintin
½

Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin is a really good animated film and a really good adventure film. The Adventures of Tintin is about journalist Tintin and his dog snowy who buy a replica of a ship called the Unicorn. After they buy the ship everything turns into chaos and it turns out that the ship has a clue to find the treasure of the Unicorn. There are three replicas that each have a clue and now Tintin and Snowy set out to find them but are be pursued by the evil Rackham. During this adventure they also meet Captain Haddock who is a relative of the owner of the Unicorn and joins the journey as well. Now it is a race to find all the clues and a race for the treasure. In my mind making a movie about Tintin was a great idea and I'm really glad it actually did well on screen. I've read a couple of the Tintin comics by Herge and I very much enjoyed them and was very excited for the movie. Although this isn't the a great movie it is still a very enjoyable movie. The story to this movie was very good and played out just like you would think a Tintin comic would go. It's funny, it's silly, and just really fun from start to finish. It can be a bit silly at times but that's how Tintin stories work, their not all that serious and can also be really silly but that doesn't bother me. One thing that made me really like this movie is the adventure. For being an animation film I thought this made a really good adventure film because it was just a fun adventure to be on. This movie got really exciting at times with some really good action scenes and that's one thing that made it a good adventure film. This movie also has some great animation and did really good with the Motion Capture. Another thing I really liked in this movie was the actors they chose to voice the characters. I thought Jamie Bells was a great Tintin because he was like everything I thought Tintin would be like in the comics. He was clever and smart just like he was in the comics. Andy Serkis was also very good in this movie as Haddock who was really funny in the movie. Daniel Craig was also very good as the villain. I also cannot write this review without mentioning Snowy who was just like he was in the comics who always brought a smile to my face. Overall The Adventures of Tintin turned out to be a really good adventure film and should be watched by people who have read the comics or people who just want a good time.

Wrath of the Titans
½

Wrath of the Titans is surprisingly a decent sequel to the terrible Clash of the Titans. Wrath of the Titans takes place 10 years after Perseus defeated the Kraken and it is now time for him to save the world again. This time the evil titan Kronos is breaking free from the underworld with the help from Hades and they have Zeus captured. Now Perseus has to go out and rescue his father Zeus and set out to defeat the evil Kronos. When I heard that they were making a sequel to Clash of the Titan I just didn't know what to expect. One thing I was thinking was did we really need a sequel? Another side to thought well maybe it could be good. It turns out this movie isn't half bad. This movie isn't entirely good but it's by far better than the first (which shouldn't be that hard). This movie's story wasn't that bad but it still had some issues. This movie has a fair amount of stupid scenes as the first one had but it had less than the first one had. This movie also has some pretty dumb dialogue to. To make up for the story's problems this movie actually has some decent action scenes. Unlike the first movie the action here is actually entertaining and makes up for the story's problems. This movie also has some great visual effects. As for acting in this movie it has it's ups and downs. Sam Worthington's performance in this movie was better than the first movie but I still didn't feel like he was that big of a hero as they make him sound like in the movie. In my mind the best performances in this movie are from Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes who play Zeus and Hades. The worst performance in this movie is from Rosamund Pike who is basically just here for looks like Gemma Areton in the first movie. Another performance that was pretty bad is from Toby Kebbell who is suppose to be the funny guy in the movie but really isn't that funny. Overall Wrath of the Titans is a decent sequel and if you didn't like Clash of the Titans I would say give this one a shot.

Clash of the Titans
½

The remake of Clash of the Titans is a terrible remake to a movie that wasn't even good in my mind. Clash of the Titans is during a time were mortals are starting a rebellion against the Gods but isn't working out so well for them. After burning the Gods chambers and taking down their statues Zeus commands his brother Hades to release the Kraken to take Princess Andromeda for sacrifice. Now demigod Perseus (who currently hates the gods for killing his family) must go out on a journey to find a way to stop the Kraken and finds many obstacles during the journey. The original Clash of the Titans wasn't anything special in my mind and for the most part I didn't enjoy it. It was rather boring and the pacing of the film was very bad and had very little to like, just when I already thought it was bad enough they make a remake which is just terrible. I really don't see why they needed to remake Clash of the Titans because it wasn't even very good in the first place and the remake isn't any better. This movie's story is different from the original and has some parts that were in the original and to be honest I liked the new story a little bit better, but did the writers do a good job on the story? The answer to that is no. Everything in the story is just stupid and I kind of thought of the movie as a bad video game because it has some bad dialogue and a stupid story with constant boss battles (big obstacles). What made me like the first one a little bit is that it had some decent action scenes but in this movie I just found them boring. One of only things that I liked in this movie were the special and visual effects for this movie (which were pretty good). Another thing that was bad in this movie was the acting. In the movie they try and make the character Perseus some kind of big hero but Sam Worthington does an awful job at this part. Worthington only has two moments in this movie were I actually liked him, he's a good actor but needs to get in better roles. Liam Neeson is decent in this movie but he also needs to find better roles because he's a great actor and movies like this are wasting his time. An actor that I found very bad in this movie was Gemma Arterton,she was only here for her looks. Overall Clash of the Titans is a terrible movie that I would not recommend.

Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans is bad film but has some things that stop it from being horrible. Clash of the Titans is about a mortal named Perseus who is the son of Zeus, the leader of all Gods. One day Perseus finds himself in the city of Joppa (far away from his home) were he soon falls in with princess Andromeda. When Perseus finds her she has a curse on her and he soon lifts it but later they hear that Andromeda has to be a sacrifice to the all mighty Kraken. Now Perseus has to go out on a journey to find a way to kill the Kraken before it kills his love. I've always enjoyed stories about Greet Mythology even thought I haven't taken any classes on it but it's just always been something I like. Weather it's listening to old Greek stories, reading a book, or watching a movie it's just interesting to me. To me this movie was not good, I thought it was a bad film with very little to enjoy. The main thing that made me dislike this movie was the story. The story itself wasn't bad but they way everything happened. At times everything would get slow and boring and at other times things would go to fast and not explain much. The pacing was just one of the worst things about this movie. Another thing that the story didn't do a good job at was telling a good love story. I know this isn't just a romantic movie but the relationship between Perseus and Andromeda just felt so weak and not very believable. This movie also has some bad dialogue which doesn't help the story at all. To make up for all the stories problems is this movie has some decent effects and action. The action here wont entertain everyone who sees this movie but it was good enough from me. Same with the special effects. The acting in this movie wasn't very good in this movie along with the characters. I think Harry Hamlin was decent in this movie and I felt he was good enough for his character. Burgess Meredith was also decent in this movie. Those two performances were the only two performances that I like somewhat and the rest were just bad, especially Judi Bowker. Overall Clash of the Titans is a pretty bad film in my eyes and far off from being a classic.

Point Break
Point Break(1991)
½

Point Break is a good action film that has some great action but has some flaws as well. Point Break is about FBI agent Johnny Utah who is a rookie and is sent to Las Angeles to the bank robberies division. Once he gets there he learns about " The Ex-Presidents" who are some of the best robbers out there and now he wants to catch them. The only thing he really knows about them is that their surfers so now Johnny has to learn how to surf so he can find these criminals. Once he hits the waves he meets a girl named Tyler and a pure adrenaline junkie, Bodhi. Could they be his men or are they someone else? Point Break is a perfect movie for guys. You got shootouts, football, bank robberies, fights, and of course surfing. As good as all that sounds it's not a perfect movie. It's still a very enjoyable film but not perfect. Story wise for this movie it isn't the best. The story itself isn't that bad in fact it's actually pretty good but the way they tell it sometimes is just a little stupid. Some scenes weren't all that good and the movie could also be a little bit predictable. To make up for that this movie has some very entertaining action scenes. This movie has some exciting shootouts and some entertaining scenes weather it's everybody surfing or them playing football, it's very good entertainment. The movie also has some pretty good performances from the actors in this film as well. Keanu Reeves gives a pretty decent performance because at times he could be good but at other times he just seemed not as good as he could have been. The best performance in this movie is definitely Patrick Swayze, every scene he's in is just great because his performance was just great in this movie. The supporting cast in this movie is also good with good performances by Lori Petty and Gary Busey. Overall Point Break is a really good movie to watch if your hanging out with a bunch of people or a movie to watch if you want some good entertainment.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is a great adaptation to Suzanne Collins amazing novel and definitely lived up to the hype. The Hunger Games take place in the future where there are 12 districts that are ruled by this place called the Capitol. After a rebellion happened years ago the Capitol created this event called The Hunger Games to keep control of all the districts. The Hunger Games is an event where each district has to give up a boy and a girl and the day they get chosen is called the "Reaping". Our main character is Katniss Everdeen (from District 12, the poorest of all districts) and on the day of the "Reaping" her little sister, Prim, is chosen and because she loves her so much she volunteers and takes her place. Now Katniss has to go to the Capitol with the boy tribute, Peeta, and beat the odds in The Hunger Games. Let me start out by saying that I am a huge fan of the books by Suzanne Collins. When I heard The Hunger Games was going to be a movie I got excited and was one of my most anticipated movies of the year. I also got that feeling inside me that it might not be that good because not all movie adaptations are good (for example Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief). After seeing it I am very happy to say that it was not a disappointment. This is one of the best adaptations in recent memory and is as good as the Harry Potter movies were. As good as this movie was it was not all perfect, just like any other adaptation it doesn't get everything correct. In this movie they missed somethings that I thought were pretty important but these changes weren't horrible enough to make me hate the movie. One thing that I like that wasn't in the movie is how you get to see the reactions of the people who are watching the games because in the book you only see Katniss's view on everything since it's first-person. Another thing that I enjoyed very much is how director Gary Ross just made everything from the book come to life. When you see District 12, The Capitol, and The Arena it was like everything I imagined when I read the book. However when the movie got to The Hunger Games it wasn't the greatest but it was still good. The Shaky Cam was used a lot in this movie and at times it got annoying but at the same time I knew why the used it. The reason for the Shaky Cam is because the action in the book was really violent and brutal and this movie has a PG-13 rating so I see why they used Shaky Cam. One thing I really liked about the Games itself was when all this mayhem was going on it felt like I was in the woods fighting for my life (in real life I'd probably be scared as hell). Another thing that was really good about the movie is that it has some great actors that do give some great performances. When I read the books I really liked Katniss and thought she was a great character and Jennifer Lawrence was just perfect for the role. She gives such an amazing performance in this movie and really brought her character to life. I also thought Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz were great in this film as well because they were everything I thought their characters would be like. Josh Hutcherson is good in this movie to but I just felt that he wasn't as good as the rest of the cast and that they could have casted better, hopefully he steps it up in the next movies but overall he was alright. Liam Hemsworth doesn't play that big of a role in this movie but he was good for his time in the movie. Overall The Hunger Games turned out to be a great adaptation with a few issues and I am very excited about the rest of the series when they hit the big screen!

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

After Quentin Tarantino's success with Reservoir Dogs he would go on to make one of cinemas greatest films of all time, Pulp Fiction. Pulp Fiction is a magnificent film that is very clever and has an all-star cast. Pulp Fiction has three different stories, Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife, The Gold Watch, and The Bonnie Situation. Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's wife is about hitman Vincent Vega (who has just returned from Amsterdam) who has to take his bosses wife out for a good time while he is on a business trip. They end up having a good night but soon it turns for worse. The Gold Watch is about boxer Butch Coolidge who broke a deal that he and Marsellus Wallace made and is now trying to get out of the state but his girlfriend left his family watch at their old apartment which is dangerous since Mr. Wallace has men out looking for Butch, but that's not the only thing he should worry about in this story. The Bonnie Situation is about Vincent again and his partner Jules after they killed someone on accident and now they have to clean the car at Jules's friends house before she comes home. This movie also has a prologue and an epilogue. Reservoir Dogs was magnificent and Quentin Tarantino become a great director and you knew he would have a great future. After the success of Reservoir Dogs he would go on to make Pulp Fiction which turned out to be one of the greatest movies of all time. This movie is just brilliant and one of my favorite movies. This is movie is just so original and that's what makes this movie so good. Of course the story to this movie is original because nothing like it has ever happened before this. I thought the story to this movie was terrific because of it's originality and because every story in this movie was just so fun to watch. Another thing that made this story so good is the dialogue. The dialogue in this movie was just great just like it was in Reservoir Dogs and just really clever. Everything about this movie's story was just amazing. This movie can get really dark and gritty at times but this movie can also be pretty funny at times as well. This movie also has an all-star cast and everyone in this movie gives a magnificent performance. John Travolta was magnificent in this movie and probably his best performance he's ever given. Samuel L. Jackson also gives a magnificent performance and every time he and Travolta were on screen was just great because these two were perfect and their dialogue together was just great. Same with Travolta and Uma Thurman (who gives a great performance), when they were on screen it was just amazing. This movie also has magnificent performances by Harvey Keitel, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, and Ving Rhames. Overall Pulp Fiction is a classic and one of cinema's greatest and one of my favorites.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, which is the final movie in The Man With No Name trilogy, is of course another classic just like the first two. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is about three killers who are The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. These three are all about the money and once they hear about 200,000 dollars in gold they all go for this prize. During their journey they all cross paths on many different occasions and all have to get through the Civil War which is going on at the time. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is final film to this magnificent series and it sure doesn't disappoint. The first two films to this series were magnificent and this one is magnificent as well. This is one of the best westerns ever and also one of the best movies ever made. There is so much in this movie to like about it. This movie story was amazing because so much happens in it and I thought every second was just great. I really liked how they put the Civil War in this movie because it just made the story great. This story is just one of the greatest stories ever in a movie. This movie also has some great action scenes and watching the characters journey was very fun to. Of course just like the other two films the acting is great and yet another new actor/character to the series. Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef are back and still as clever and cool as they were in the first two movies. Eli Wallach now joins the cast in this movie and was just magnificent. His character was so well done and Wallach was perfect for the role. One of the greatest scenes in movie history to me is the shootout between these three in the end of the movie because it was just so exciting suspenseful. All actors were magnificent on screen. Overall The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is yet another classic and one of the best movies in cinema history.

For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

Sergio Leone's For a Few Dollars More, the second movie to The Man With No Name trilogy, is yet another classic for the western genre and just as good as the first. For a Few Dollars More is about two bounty hunters, The Man with No Name and Col. Douglas Mortimer. These are two of the best shooters in the west and always catch who their hunting down. One day one of worst criminals, El Indio, gets broken out of prison which brings The Man with No Name and Mortimer together. These two killers team up to find this madman. The Man with No Name is in this for the money and Mortimer is here to seek revenge on Indio from what he did to him in the past. A Fistful of Dollars was a magnificent western and in the sequel For a Few Dollars more it doesn't disappoint what so ever, this movie is everything you would want for a sequel. The thing about this series is that each movie seems to get better and better unlike some movies were the movies just get worse. Just like the first movie this is a western classic. The story to this movie is just great because it was clever and fun to watch. There is never a dull moment in these movies and all the events in this movie are just perfect for the movie. Just like the first movie the shootouts are exciting and has some funny comedy. All the actors in this movie are great just like the first movie. Clint Eastwood is back and still the cool guy he was in the first movie but he's not the only cool guy in the movie. In this movie Lee Van Cleef joins the series and his performance in this movie is just amazing. His character is just like Eastwood's, clever, smart, and deadly. Every time Eastwood and Van Cleef are on screen together it's just great because they were a perfect duo in this movie. Overall For a Few Dollars More is another Western classic and if you liked the first you'll be sure to like this one.

A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)

Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars is a classic western that started something for the western genre and one Clint Eastwood's most memorable roles. A Fistful of Dollars takes place in a small town were two families are in the middle of a gang war. One day a mysterious stranger shows up and is known to us as The Man with No Name. This man is a dangerous killer and joins both gangs to get some money by telling information about each others gangs. The problem is how long can he last with the gangs before the other gang finds out about his double play? I've always enjoyed westerns and this movie is by far one of the best westerns ever made. This movie is the reason why Spaghetti Westerns got so popular and that's because of how good of a movie it was. Before this movie Sergio Leone didn't make anything that interesting but this movie is what took his career to the top. Not only did these movies take him to the top but they would be remembered up to this day and still as good as it was over forty years ago! One of the things that makes Sergio Leone's movies great is the stories they have. This movies story is great because of all the events that happen in this movie. The way everything goes in this movie is just amazing and makes the story really fun to follow. This movie is also full of exciting shootouts and clever comedy. Another thing that makes this movie what it is, is the acting. Clint Eastwood is just magnificent in these movies and definitely one of his best roles. His character is just so well done because he's an awesome guy because he's the perfect killer and he's also really funny as well. I think this movie has one of the funniest scenes and that scene is when Eastwood is talking to a group of guys about him not liking them for laughing at his mule. This movie also has a great performance from Gian Maria Volonte who is a great bad guy in this movie. Overall A Fistful of Dollars is a magnificent film and if you love westerns you'll love this movie along with the rest of the series.

The Sitter
The Sitter(2011)

The Sitter is an awful film the provides almost no entertainment through the whole movie and in a way a knockoff of Adventures in Babysitting. The Sitter is about a slacker named Noah who now has to babysit three kids to impress his mom. This night becomes hell for Noah because all three of these kids have their own issue and are very hard to watch. The night turns worse when his girlfriend asks him to have sex but to do that he has to get some drugs from her friend Karl. When they get the drugs they end up pissing of Karl and now they have to get his money or Noah could be killed. When I heard of The Sitter I thought it would be a stupid knockoff of Adventures in Babysitting but had some hope because of Jonah Hill and David Gordon Green, the director of Pineapple Express. I liked Pineapple Express and hoped The Sitter would be good but it wasn't. This movie was so stupid and I kept telling myself that all throughout the movie. The story is almost the same as Adventures in Babysitting but it was just stupid because what kind of idiot would take kids to go get drugs and parties were people are having sex? Everything that happened in this movie was just stupid and sloppy. In comedies I can usually handle stupid stories as long as it has good comedy but this movie doesn't. This movie is so boring and stupid because I didn't laugh once, the only thing I really did in this movie is smile once. Another problem with this movie is the acting. Jonah Hill is a really good actor and is really funny but in this movie he is just awful. He can be so funny and in this movie he didn't make me laugh at all. The kids in this movie are also awful because their just so annoying and when they tried to make you feel for them you just don't buy it because their bad actors. Sam Rockwell is also bad in this film as well. Overall The Sitter is an awful film that I highly recommend not seeing.

21 Jump Street
½

21 Jump Street is an amazing buddy cop movie that provides a lot of laughs from start to finish. 21 Jump Street is about Schmidt and Jenko, Schmidt was a nerd in high school and Jenko was a jock so they didn't really get along in high school but become friends once they join the police. After their first goes totally wrong because of their stupidity they get transferred to the Jump Street unit were they have to high school as undercover cops and find the supplier to this new drug that's going around the schools. When they go to high school they have to get into the popular crowd and find whose dealing the drugs then they have to find the dealer and prove themselves to their captain at Jump Street. When I saw the trailers for 21 Jump Street I thought it could be a great comedy but also had that feeling that it would end up doing bad. After seeing this movie it didn't turn out bad at all, instead it turned into one of my favorite movies of the year and the best comedy I've seen in quite some time. For those of you who were looking for the 21 Jump Street that was on TV with Johnny Depp (who has a cameo in the movie) you won't find it here, instead you get a great comedy that has you laughing from start to finish. The story may seem bad just because Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum don't look like high school students but it does well because the movie knows what their doing is stupid and they make fun of the fact that they don't look like high schoolers. The story did very good and even had a pretty good twist in the end. The one thing that makes this movie so good is the comedy. This movie has so many laughs and the movie never seemed to stop making laugh. This is by far one of the best comedies I have seen in quite sometime. This movie also has some really good action scenes. The performances in this movie were also very good and some were even surprising. Channing Tatum really surprised me in this movie because he isn't the best of actors but he's been getting better but in this movie he was great. He was hilarious in this movie and by far his best performance so far. Of course there's also Jonah Hill in this movie as well and he also gives a hilarious performance and one his best comedic performances. In their small roles Rob Riggle and Ice Cube are very funny as well with their short appearances. Brie Larson and Dave Franco are also very good in this movie as well. Overall 21 Jump Street is an amazing movie that is absolutely hilarious and I highly recommend it.

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs is a stunning film that would soon make Quentin Tarantino one of the most well know directors and would go on to make many more fantastic films. Reservoir Dogs is about a bunch of random guys who are put together to pull of a diamond heist. What seems like a easy heist soon turns in to a bloody mess when the cops basically show up immediately and now they're suppose to go back to the rendezvous point. The remaining robbers find out they have an undercover cop in there gang and they need to find out who it is. The one thing that makes this story unique is that it never shows the heist, only what happened before and after the heist. The first time I saw this movie I really had no idea what it was about and after I saw it thought was great, after more viewings I thought it was fantastic. Reservoir Dogs is one of those movies were it just seems to get better every time you watch it. This movie would soon make Quentin Tarantino into a star and make him into one of the best directors and would go on to make more movies that would just be amazing. One thing that makes this movie so good is the story. To me I just thought the story was phenomenal and went together so perfect. It doesn't bother me one bit that they didn't show the diamond heist because it made the movie a lot cooler. This film has grabs you in from the start were everyone is just having a conversation at a restaurant (a lot cooler than it sounds) to the bloody finale. It also does a fantastic job at introducing the main characters and showing there background and what their like. Another thing that I really liked about this movie is the dialogue. The dialogue to this movie is just so clever and funny at times. This movie even does a great job with having a bunch of different genres. This movie can be really funny at times, it could be really dark at times, and really intense at times to. This movie also has a fantastic cast that give amazing performances and some cool characters. All the characters in this movie were just so cool and were played very well by the actors in this movie. Harvey Keitel was just electrifying in this movie and every time he's on screen he's just amazing. Tom Roth is also amazing in this film and his character actually ended up being my favorite. Michael Madsen is great in this because the way he plays his character is just great because his character is just one of the most creepy guys I've seen in a movie. Last but certainly not least for the lead roles is Steve Buscemi. He is just as good as the rest in this movie. This movie also has a great supporting cast with Chris Penn, Kirk Baltz, and Lawrence Tierney. Even the director himself has a moment to shine in this movie with some pretty funny dialogue. Overall Reservoir Dogs is a must seen for any movie fan because it is just a stunning movie that keeps your attention for the whole 100 minutes.

Air Force One
½

Air Force one is an excellent action film that just caught my attention from the start of the movie all the way to the end. Air Force One is about President James Marshall returning home from Russia were the US and Russia just captured this Russian criminal. Soon Air Force One get's hijacked by Russian terrorist who want the criminal out of jail or they will kill hostages on the plane. What they don't realize is that the President doesn't negotiate with terrorist and decide to solve this issue on his own by trying to take the plane back from these terrorist. For me I thought this was an excellent film. Many people would probably not agree with my rating because they might think this is not a great movie but I thought it was. For me I thought the story to this movie was very good. This movie does a terrific job of pulling you in at the very beginning and keeps you attention throughout the whole movie. This movie also has some very good action scenes and thrilling moments were it just kept me at the edge of my seat. I will admit there were a few moments in this movie were I felt they were a little unrealistic but I could handle it and just had a fun time watching the movie. This movie also has some great actors that give great performances. Harrison Ford gives a great performance like he usually does and definitely one of my favorites with him. Gary Oldman gives a great performance and is a great villain. The supporting cast is also very good as well. Overall Air Force One is a very entertaining action movie that should definitely be seen.

Fracture
Fracture(2007)
½

Fracture is a very good thriller with a great story and great cast. Fracture is about a structural engineer Ted Crawford who find out that his wife is having an affair with him and soon goes crazy. He stalks her for a little while and then soon shoots her. DA Willy Beachum is about to get a good promotion but before he leaves the place were he works at he decides to take this last case. After he takes the case he figures out that it's not going to be as easy as he thought it was going to be. To Ted it's basically just a game and he's just playing Willy. When I heard about Fracture I thought it was going to be a really good movie because I thought the story to this movie was very good. At first I thought this movie would just be decent but it turned out like I thought it would. I thought this movie was very clever and interesting. The way this story was told was just really good because it had me thinking the most of time. At times in this movie I was so caught up with the film that my heart was pounding because I thought this movie was so intense. I will admit though there were a few moments in the movie were I would lose interest in the movie and I would space of a little but only a few times, other than that I thought the story was very interesting. I found this movie very intense at time, thrilling, and really creepy at times as well, to be honest I thought the music at the beginning of movie was a bit creepy. This movie also has two great stars that are very good in this film. Anthony Hopkins was just great in this movie. He was very creepy and pretty funny in this movie and to me just brought his character to life. Ryan Gosling is really good in this movie to and brought his character to life to. I thought the best moments in the movie were when Hopkins and Gosling were on screen together because they were just magnificent together. Well after saying all those great things about this movie I don't think it's a great film but still a film worth watching. Overall Fracture is a really good thriller that I think should be seen by more people.

GoodFellas
GoodFellas(1990)

GoodFellas is definitely one of the greatest films ever made and cinema at it's finest. GoodFellas is about the true story of Henry Hill. Henry has always been involved with gangs ever since he was a kid. When he was a kid he would run errands for a Mob boss named Paul Cicero and as when he grows up he becomes a gangster. He works with his mentor James Conway and his partner Tommy DeVito. This movie goes through the many phases of Henry's life and turns out to be one hell of a life for him. At the beginning of this movie Henry says "As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster". I thought that was an amazing quote because I always wanted to be a gangster to and I've always had a love for things involving gangsters. Gangster movie have always been one of my favorite types of movies and this is one of the best ever made. This isn't only one of the best gangster films it's also one of the greatest films ever made in my mind. Martin Scorsese brings us the true story of Henry Hill and turns it into a masterpiece and one of his best. Scorsese has made many movies that are great and hopefully he will bring us more in the future but I think this will be best. The story to this movie was very good and they way it unfolds is very good. One thing about this movie that I really liked is that this movie does a really good job showing how these characters changed over time. One thing that I found very interesting and cool about this movie is that in the first part of the movie it kind of shows them enjoying life but then later on it's turns really dark and violent and shows that there life wasn't as easy as it seemed. When this movie starts to get dark it is done very well. The characters in this movie are really cool in this movie and very likable and the actors in this movie are perfect for the roles. Ray Liotta gives a stunning performance as Henry Hill. I thought he did a magnificent job and they way his character changed over time was just amazing and he did a perfect job as Henry Hill. Robert De Niro also gives a great performance in this movie and you will also be very interested with his character. To me one of the most likable characters is Joe Pesci who is amazing in this movie and is really funny. Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino are also great in this film as well. GoodFells is a stunning movie that has an amazing story and a stunning performance by Ray Liotta and his amazing supporting cast.

Tower Heist
Tower Heist(2011)
½

Tower Heist is a decent comedy that seems like it's going to be bad at first but ends up decent. Tower Heist is about hotel employee Josh who just learned that one of the residents basically stole all of the employees money. Now he and some of employees set out to steal Arthur Shaw's (guy who stole the money) 20 million dollars. But none of them have ever stole anything so they get help from Josh's neighbor Slide who is a crook. When I first heard of Tower Heist I thought it could be a good comedy movie and with the good reviews I thought I would like it but in the end this movie is just decent. Brett Ratner isn't the best of directors but this movie seemed like this could be one of the better ones with it's great cast but didn't end as good as I though it would be. The story seemed good at first but as it went on it didn't seem that interesting and seemed like the movie was just going so fast and that they rushed a lot of things. The heist to this movie was pretty insane and kind of unrealistic but I could handle that. Even though the heist was unrealistic I didn't mind because I had fun watching it all go through. The only problem I had with the heist is that it tried to be clever with the ending like the Ocean's movies but it really wasn't. As for the comedy in this movie it had some moments were I was laughing out loud and a few chuckles but other than that I really didn't laugh. I thought the casting for this movie was pretty good but the people who I thought were going to be the stars of the movie weren't as good as I thought they were going to be. I thought Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy were going to be pretty funny in this movie but they really weren't that funny. They still had some moments in this movie but they could have been better. To me the funniest person in the movie was Michael Pena because from the opening scene he's in to the end this guy was always making me laugh. Matthew Broderick seemed like he wasn't going to do much in this film but in the end he had a few laughs. As for Casey Affleck in this movie I felt that he wasn't that good. Alan Alda and Tea Leoni were good for there time in the movie. Overall Tower Heist is just a decent comedy and probably only good for one viewing.

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is no doubt one of the best movies of 2011, one of the best superhero movies of all time, and one of the best movies of all time. X-Men: First Class is about Charles Xavier (AKA Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (AKA Magneto) when they first met and before the were enemies. When they first meet they find other mutants to train and start the X-Men group were now they have to stop a mutant named Sebastian Shaw who wants to start nuclear Armageddon were he can rule the world with the other mutants. Sebastian is also the person who killed Erik's mom and Erik has been hunting for him for years. Now the mutants come to find out who they really are, heros or villains. Let me start out by saying I'm not a huge X-Men fan at all when it comes to the movies. The first one was fairly decent, the second was actually really good, the third was bad, and Origins was good. First Class was just what this franchise needed because I just thought this movie was spectacular and it is now one of my favorite movies. This movie has some great action scenes that kept me at the end of my seat and it will keep you entertained. Another thing that entertained me was the story and how Matthew Vaughn presented it to us because how it started was just so amazing when you watch this movie and then go and look at the trilogy. The acting in this movie is another thing to. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are magnificent in this I mean these guys are just two of the most talented actors out there right now and I really think they should win some awards for best actors in any show. The girls in this movie are great to like January Jones who is just so hot because she's in a bikini or her bra and panties most the movie and her acting is good to. Rose Byrne I never really heard of but she is just really pretty and was a great actor and I really hope she's in another X-Men movie if the make another prequel. THe last actor I'm going to talk about is Kevin Bacon. Kevin Bacon was just a great bad guy in this movie and he was the perfect role for this but he isn't as good as Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight. The rest of the actors in this movie are great as well as the ones I just talked about. X-Men: First Class is truly an awesome movie that I think anyone should see if you wan't to see a great movie.

Act of Valor
Act of Valor(2012)
½

Act of Valor is a really good military/action film that some may like and others might find this movie bad. Act of Valor starts out with CIA Agent Morales who is abducted by terrorist because she was investigating a guy named Christo who is helping a terrorist named Shabal. A Seal Team soon retrieves her and realize that this was bigger than they thought. They find out that Shabal is planning attacks on America and now this seal team has to stop it from happening. When I heard of Act of Valor I though it was going to be a great movie but when I saw it I was a bit disappointed. This movie is not bad by any means necessary but it's not great. This movie has been some flack by some people and I really don't get it. Allot of people are saying that the story is boring and it's been used before but from researching this movie it says some of the missions in the movie are based of real life. If there was any attack on America do you really think the government would tell us? Just by saying that I enjoyed the story and thought it was done really well. I also really liked how we got to see how the Seals operate because it's very interesting and cool. This movie also has some really good action sequences and are very realistic. One thing that I also like is how at times they would show a first-person mode like Call of Duty of Battlefield, but I think they should have done it a bit more because there wasn't that much. Another reason why this movie is getting flack is the acting, I however liked the acting. Sure it's not the best but what do you expect, an Oscar worthy performance? Well no because these guys aren't actors there soldiers. For not being professional actors I think they did a really good job and I respect them for keeping America safe. Overall I thought Act of Valor is a good military/action movie but may not be for everybody.

Moneyball
Moneyball(2011)
½

Moneyball is an amazing film that tells the amazing story of Billy Beane which is probably one of the greatest stories in sports history. Moneyball is about the story of The Oakland A's and Billy Beane. The A's is are the worst in the league during this time period and they don't have much money to buy the best players. This all changes when Billy meets Peter Brand who has a great idea to buy the cheap players who all have different skills to help the team win. As it starts out bad the team starts to actually rise and becomes one of the most amazing stories in sports history. When I heard of Moneyball I thought it would be a sports movie and nothing great since I'm not that big of a baseball fan but after hearing all the great things about this movie I kind of got excited to see it. After watching it I thought it was one of the best movies of 2011. You don't have to be baseball fan to enjoy this movie because I haven't followed baseball in a long time and I still thought this was an amazing movie. I've always enjoyed sports movies no matter what sport it is and this is probably one of the best ones out right now. The story to this movie is truly amazing and one reason why I really liked the story is because I love underdog stories. I also really liked learning about Billy Beane because his story as a person is very interesting. This movie also has very good drama and also puts some good humor in there as well. This movie also has a stunning cast that give amazing performances. Like I said earlier I think Billy Beane is a very interesting character and Brad Pitt is absolutely amazing as Billy Beane. Pitt is very funny in this movie and is also good in those drama scenes. Pitt's performance is very Oscar worthy and one of his greatest performances. Jonah Hill is also amazing in this film and his huge step for him. In this movie he proves that he's not only good at comedies but he can act in any type of movie. Philip Seymour Hoffman doesn't play that big of a role but he's still great in this movie. The rest of the cast don't play as big roles as Pitt and Hill but they still give great performances. Overall Moneyball is definitely a movie to check out and a movie I'm hoping to do good during award season.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a pleasant surprise considering that I hated the first. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is about Johnny Blaze once again who is hiding and trying to fight his curse of being the Ghost Rider. After Moreau finds him he tells him that he can lift his curse if he helps save a boy named Danny from the devil. Johnny excepts the offer and now sets out on his journey but on the way he has to take Nadya, Danny's mom, and also have to fight her ex-boyfriend, Ray Carrigan who is an assassin working for the Devil. Hearing about another Ghost Rider film worried me a bit because I hated the first one. The first one had bad acting, poor writing, and some pretty crappy action. After seeing the trailer it made me feel a bit better because it just looked like an entertaining time and nothing else. Well that's basically what this movie is, an entertaining time. People are giving this movie so much crap but to me this is just a movie to sit back for an hour and a half and just enjoy whats on the screen. Most the issues in this movie come from the story which isn't that well done. The story felt old because I've seen and heard it a bunch of times before and brings nothing new to the table. There are also some scenes in this movie that I though were pretty dumb and pointless to the film. The movie's ending was also pretty dumb and rushed as well as most of the story. To make up for all that the visual effects and action were really good in this film. In this movie the Ghost Rider looked twice as bad-ass as the one in the first movie and theres a few other moments were the visual effects looked pretty amazing. The action in this film is very entertaining and twice as better than the so called "action" in the first movie. Another thing in this movie that was good that I didn't expect is the acting. Nicolas Cage was pretty good in this movie and also entertaining because it was fun to watch him flip out a few times and it was cool to actually see him play the Rider this time. For his small part in this movie Idris Elba gives a good performance but he needs to find better parts than this movie because he's such a great actor. Johnny Whitworth gives a good performance and was a pretty good villain along with Ciaran Hinds. The only thing that wasn't that good about the acting was Violante Placido and Fergus Riordan because they weren't all that good and I thought Violante was only in this movie for looks. Overall Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a good movie but might not be for everybody.

Real Steel
Real Steel(2011)
½

Real Steel is a movie were you would think that it would be nothing but garbage but once you see it it's actually not bad. Real Steel is about Charlie who use to be one of the best boxers in the nation but then the fighting game changed. Now it's robots who do the fighting and ever since Charlie hasn't done much. He loses most his fights and doesn't have that much money. After his ex-girlfriend dies and now has to watch his kid, Max for the summer and Max finds a robot named Atom. He isn't built to fight back but after a little training he soon starts to rise to the top and starts to win a bunch of matches. Now Charlie's life is starting to get better with winning more fights and his bonding with Max. When I first heard of Real Steel I thought it would either be decent or horrible because I thought the story was a little weird. After hearing good reviews about it I had hope for the film and thought maybe it might be a good movie and after watching it I actually thought it was really good. I love futuristic movies and I think that is a really good movie for that genre. Even though the story was a little stupid it actually wasn't that bad because it actually explained why robots started to fight (unlike the time currency in In Time) and I thought the story about Charlie and his son Max was really good. One thing about this movie to that's really good and I really liked was the character development between Charlie and Max because it was really well done in this movie and not that bad for a movie with a silly idea. The special effects for this movie is also really good and cool because the robots look really cool in this movie. The fight scenes with the robots in this movie is also really fun to watch and good entertainment. This movie's cast wasn't bad like I thought they would do. Hugh Jackman gives a really good performance and probably the best performance in the movie. Dakota Goyo gives good performance as well even though he does get a bit annoying at times, but he at least he wasn't as annoying as I though he would be. Overall Real Steel isn't that bad of a movie and a good movie if you just wanna have a fun, entertaining time.

Alien Resurrection

Just when I thought Alien 3 was bad they make another movie to the series and it turns out twice as bad as the third. Alien Resurrection takes place two hundred years into the future where scientists still want to find out about the aliens. To do that they clone Ellen Ripley and once they do that they take the queen alien out of her (the one that got put into her in the third movie. A group of space pirates are also on the same ship as Ripley. Well soon enough everything turns chaotic with aliens running around on the ship and the rest of the crew have to find a way to get of. How do you make two of the greatest films in history and then make two more that are a nothing but garbage. I mean I can see the third one being made but did they really have to make another one? This movie is definitely one of my most hated movies because I loved the first two and now there will always be Alien 3 and this movie as a part of this series. The story to this movie was just so stupid because it didn't make any since as all. I mean yeah I can believe the whole cloning thing but how do you clone an alien inside her, it just doesn't make any sense. This movie is also very cheesy and predictable and just made me want to go hit something. The action in this movie is also very dumb and is made like a cartoon (a very bad cartoon). One thing that I have to say about this movie which I haven't said at all in any Alien film is that Sigourney Weaver did a terrible job in this movie. I don't know why the hell she decided to be in this movie because everything about this movie is dumb and stupid and then she comes in the movie and just gives a bad performance. The rest of the cast gives terrible performances as well except for Ron Perlamn who actually knew what he was in and didn't try to take his role to serious. Overall Alien Resurrection is one of the worst movies in my mind and I highly recommend not seeing it.

Alien3
Alien3(1992)

To me Alien 3 is an awful film and an awful sequel to two of the greatest movies ever made. Alien 3 is about Ellen Ripley once again is now found on the ship she's been sleeping on which has crashed onto a planet that holds criminals. She was the only survivor in the crash and is now being taken care of by the doctor of the prison on the planet, Clemens. But something else came of that ship to, a new type of Alien. Now the Alien is picking of the prisoners and they have to fight this monster with no weapons at all. How can you make two of the greatest movies history and then make this piece of garbage ? I loved the first two films but the third one is just god awful. It starts out fairly interesting but after awhile the movie just seems to fall apart in so many ways. The story is not good at all and is basically the same as the first movie and to make things worse this movie has some scenes that just made me want to stop watching (of course I kept watching because I never stop watching a movie). Another thing that makes me mad is that they never really explained what the new Alien was and that really pissed me of. This movie was also really predictable and the ending was bad to. David Fincher isn't a bad director it's just that he should have not tried to direct an Alien film. The only thing that kept me from giving this movie half a star is that the performances in this movie were decent and not as horrifying as the rest of the film. Overall Alien 3 is an awful film and for anyone who enjoyed the first two I highly recommend you don't see this movie.

Aliens
Aliens(1986)

Aliens is by far one of the greatest sequels made because this is way bigger better than the original. Aliens is once again about Ellen Ripley who is now finally rescued and realizes she's been sleeping on that emergency ship for more than half a century. Once she's back she is asked to join the Colonial Marines, a robot named Bishop, and her old companies representative, Carter Burke to go to the planet were they first found the aliens and whip all the aliens out. Once they get there they find the only survivor of the colonist who is a little girl named Newt. After the first encounter with the Aliens they realize that this isn't going to be so easy and that this time it's war. The first Alien is one of the best movies ever made and no doubt one of the best in the Sci-Fi genre and to make a sequel could go either way. Well for this movie you know your going to get something good since James Cameron is now in the directors chair and he's made some of my all-time favorites including this one. To me this me movie is by far better than the original even though the first was still amazing. For sequels that take place in the future (I mean one that take place decades or longer) could either mean good or bad and this one is neither, it's awesome. The story for this movie is awesome and the way it goes and how it they introduce the new characters, especially the Colonial Marines. This movie also steps up the visual effects now that it's been seven years since the first movie was made and the effects still look amazing today. Aliens also has some awesome action scenes and some of the best that I have ever seen. With Sigourney Weaver back to the series she brings a whole bunch of supporting actors that do a fantastic job. In this movie Sigourney Weaver quite possibly gives her best performance ever and her character is made so well and also made her one of the most bad-ass chicks to be in a movie. After watching more movies I realized that not all kid actors are bad and Carrie Henn proves that in this movie and gives a stunning performance. This movie also introduces one of my favorite groups of characters and that is the Colonial Marines. Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, and Bill Paxton all give stunning performance in this movie as three of my favorite movie characters ever. Also great performances by Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, and William Hope. Overall Aliens is a flawless masterpiece and one of cinemas greatest.

Alien
Alien(1979)

Alien is an amazing Sci-Fi/Horror movie that is can get very intense and also one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made. Alien is about a group of people who are returning from a mission for the people they work for but on their way to Earth, their ship's "Mother" gives them a mission to go look at a distress call on an unknown planet, or is it a warning to stay away? After they check the planet out a strange creature attaches to the face of one of the crew members, Kane. After it falls of his face another creature comes out of his chest and turns out to be a huge killing machine that bleeds acid. Now the crew must find a way home and fight for survival. Alien is known to be one of the greatest Sci-Fi films ever made and I can totally agree with that. From the time period it was made in this movie does an amazing job in everything and still manages to be one of the best films ever made. I'll admit the first time I ever saw this movie I didn't like it that much but after watching it a few years later and I learned that movies aren't all about action I watched it again and thought it was amazing from start to finish. This movie's story is pretty amazing and the start to many things in the future, including the awesome sequel, Aliens. This movie pulled me in from start to finish and never had a dull moment to me. This movie to me is also very intense and made me feel like I was on the ship when all this was taking place. Another impressive thing about this movie is that for the time it was made, the special effects were pretty damn impressive and look amazing today. This movie also has an impressive cast that gives great performances. For the first half of this movie Tom Skerritt is the lead role and gives a great performance but for the second half it's all Sigourney Weaver who gives a stunning performance and the start to her amazing career. This movie also has a great supporting cast of Veronica Catwright, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean, John Hurt, and Ian Holm. Overall Alien is a classic Sci-Fi film and a classic in general that is definitely worth watching.

Safe House
Safe House(2012)

Safe House is a good action movie but could have done way much better but use a bunch of things that we have seen plenty of times before this. Safe House is about a former CIA agent, Tobin Frost, who has now gone rogue. After being chased by a bunch of assassins and the only way to get away from them is to turn himself in. After he turns himself in he is taken into a safe house that is held by a CIA agent who doesn't do much, Matt Weston. Soon the Safe House is breached by the assassins and now Matt has to take care of Tobin which leads to many interesting events for the both of them. Trailer to this movie looked great and got me really excited to see it but after seeing it it really didn't do anything that great. It wasn't terrible but I still felt that this movie was a bit of a disappointment. I've always enjoyed action movies like this but this movie really doesn't bring anything new to the table and just gives us stuff that we've seen before in other movies. The way this story was being told was pretty good until the second half of the movie because allot of things just felt like they were falling apart and the twist in the end really didn't surprise me because they gave out to many hints. Other than that the story was still pretty good to me. Just like the story the action was really good until the second half. The opening action scenes of this movie were very well done which involves an awesome shootout at the safe house and a great car chase but when they got into fist fights they started to shake the camera allot and it just got annoying to me. Even with the camera shaking at times I will say that the action in this movie was still good and entertaining to watch. Performance wise I really had no issues. Denzel Washington gives a great performance as he always does and he was the best character in this movie because he was very clever, funny, and a total bad-ass. Ryan Reynolds is good in this movie to and is starting to move up after being in Green Lantern. The supporting cast is also very good in this as well. Overall Safe House is a good action flick to rent but doesn't do anything new for movies like this.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

A Very Harold and Kumar is a hilarious comedy and not bad at all and still manages to bring plenty of laughs like the others. A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas is about the dynamic duo of Harold and Kumar who reunite after growing apart from each other and both have new friends. Harold now has a wife and Kumar is still a slacker who gets high. Once they reunite Harold and Kumar have to go find the perfect Christmas tree for Harold's father in-law who hates Harold. Even though their just looking for one tree it turns into a night that they will never forget. The first two Harold and Kumar movies are two very well done comedies that manages to bring many laughs and a third movie could have been bad for the series. To my surprise this film isn't bad at all and actually turned out to be one of my favorite movies of 2011 and my favorite movie of the Harold and Kumar series. The story to this movie was absolutely stupid and had many stupid moments in it but this is one of those comedies were I just forgot about all that so I could enjoy the movie. Most comedies these days have stupid ideas and some can actually do good but others can just plain suck, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas is one of those that manages to do just fine. Just like any other Harold and Kumar movie this movie has many scenes that are just absolutely hilarious and always manages to keep you laughing. This movie is one of the best comedies you can find in 2011. The actors in this movie are also very good and manage to bring allot of laughs. John Cho and Kal Penn bring great performances and manage to bring many laughs along with Neil Patrick Harris who is just down right hilarious like he was in Guantanamo Bay. Overall A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas is yet another funny movie to the series and wont disappoint Harold and Kumar fans.

In Time
In Time(2011)
½

In Time is a decent Sci-Fi film with a great story idea but could have done way much better than it did. In Time takes place in this futuristic world were time is now money. An average person gets up to 25 years to live but the rich can live forever. The story is about Will Salas who saves a guy who has a century to live and spend. When sleeping the guy transfers his time to Will, which kills him and now Will is framed for murder. He soon abducts one of the richest guy's daughter, Sylvia. Now with Timekeeper's (Cops) and Minutemen (Gangsters) chasing him Will has to find a way to survive and also gives out a bunch of time to the poor. When I heard about In Time I was excited to check it out because the idea for this movie was really cool and interesting. After awhile I still wanted to see it but after thinking about it I realized that the movie could either be really good or it could suck. In conclusion we just get a decent movie that wont be remembered and only worth watching once. Like I said before the idea of this movie is really cool but there are many times in the movie that just made the movie look stupid. This movie has many that are just so stupid and to make things worse this movie also has some pretty dumb dialogue. The action in this movie is somewhat decent and entertaining enough to get me through the movie but not the best in the world. Another thing in this movie that saves it from being bad is this movie has some performances are good. Justin Timberlake is one of the only good performances in this movie but he has so much potential of being a great actor and should just quit getting into roles like this. Other than Timberlake I think Cillian Murphy h\brings a good performance in this movie which he always seems to do since he's such a good actor. Other than that Amanda Seyfried and the rest of the cast give a bad performance. In time is a decent film to watch but nothing special by any means necessary.

Chasing Amy
Chasing Amy(1997)

Chasing Amy is a great comedy/romance movie that also has some pretty good drama which I liked since Kevin Smith tried to do more than comedy. Chasing Amy is about Holden who is a comic book writer with his best friend Banky. Well one day he meets the love of his life, Alyssa. There's only one thing about her that screws up his chance with going out with her, she's a lesbian. Now Holden has to try to maintain a friendship with Alyssa without his love for her escape him. One thing that I really like about Kevin Smith's work is that there's always plenty of comedy in there that makes me laugh but now Kevin Smith tries to make a comedy mixed with drama and it actually ends up working. This is probably one of the best movies Kevin Smith has made yet. The story to this movie is very unique and I actually got something out this movie and learned more about gays than I did before. One thing this movie does very well is that it has enough comedy for you to enjoy but then it also has a good amount of drama as well. The comedy in this movie is very good (just like any other Kevin Smith movie) and had many hilarious scenes (one of them of course involving Kevin Smith's dynamic duo, Jay and Silent Bob). This movie's drama was also very well done and I think that was really good job since this was Kevin Smith's first time taking on drama and proved that he can do more than comedies. The acting in this movie was really good in this movie as well. Ben Affleck gives a great performance in this movie and one of his best he's given yet. Joey Lauren gives a strong performance in this movie as well and really made me believe that she was her character. Jason Lee and Dwight Ewell are also very good in this movie and are both pretty funny in this movie. Overall Chasing Amy is a great dram-com that I think any Kevin Smith fan will enjoy.

Clerks
Clerks(1994)
½

Clerks is a hilarious movie and the start to one of the best directors ever. Clerks is about two clerks at a Quick Stop market and a video rental place. Dante has to work since the guy who was suppose to work on this saturday and is really pissed about it since he has a hockey game and control his love life. Randal is a clerk that really doesn't care about job since he always opens late and talks trash to the costumers. Now they spend day playing hockey on the roof of the store, going to a funeral home, and a bunch of other stuff. The first time I saw Clerks I thought it was a really good movie but after watching it a second time I appreciated it a whole lot more. This is probably one of thee best comedies out up to date. In this movie Kevin Smith starts his directing and writing career and after this hit he would soon become one of the best directors up to date. The story is so clever because it's so simple and it turns our perfect for a comedy. This movie has so many scenes that are just absolutely hilarious and a bunch of times were I couldn't stop laughing for awhile. What made this movie so funny to me is that they story is so original and really shows how bad some people hate their jobs. Another reason why this movie is so funny is the cast. Brian O'Halloran gives a great performance in this movie as Dante and Jeff Anderson gives a hilarious performance. Jeff Anderson brings most of the movies laugh and is probably one of the coolest characters in a movie. Speaking of cool characters in movie this is also the debut of Jay and Silent Bob (played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) who are two of the funniest characters in movie history and would show up in about every Kevin Smith film. Overall Clerks is one of the most original movies ever made and absolutely hilarious. Highly recommended if your looking for a good time.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is another good Marvel movie and just as entertaining as the first. In this movie Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible Woman) are suppose to get married but a new threat comes up that they and the other two, Human Torch and The Thing, have to stop. The new threat is called the Silver Surfer and once it comes to a planet eight days later that planet dies. Now the Fantastic Four has to help the military save the world but also get the help from an old friend, Victor Doom (Dr. Doom). Before seeing this movie I thought it was going to be bad but just like the first one I was wrong and it actually turned out enjoying it. I really enjoyed the first one because it had fun entertainment and some funny moments and that's what this movie has and it still works. One thing I like about this movie is that it's not serious like most of the superhero movies out these days. To me I didn't think the story was all good at first but as the movie went on I really didn't care about it because it didn't bother me at all and realized that the main point to get when your watching this movie is to have fun, and that's what I did while watching this movie. This movie has some very entertaining scenes and still has that comedy from the first that is still funny in this movie. The original cast from the first movie is still good in this like they were in the first but there are some new actors to the series that do good to. Laurence Fishburne is good in this movie who does the voice for The Silver Surfer (who is played by Doug Jones) and Andre Braughter is good in this movie as well. Overall Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is another good movie to the Marvel franchise and is good entertainment.

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four is nothing but a fun, entertaining movie and isn't as bad as you might think. Fantastic Four is about a group of scientist who go out into space to study this space storm to see if it can cure diseases on Earth but get more than they wanted. Once it gets exposed to them they get superpower and turn into the The Fantastic Four. While those four turn to good one of the others sets out for evil and to stop the Fantastic Four. To be honest I didn't really think I would enjoy this movie but to my shock I actually liked it. Sure it's not the best superhero movie in the world but it's still a fun time from start to finish. The story of this movie is good enough for the movie but the movies best thing is about the entertainment. This movie has some cool action scenes that are good and entertaining. I also found this movie very funny at time to. This movie has a bunch of jokes and for the most part I found them funny and I liked that because most times when superhero movies try to tell good jokes they usually aren't that funny. The acting in this movie also isn't that bad. Ioan Gruffudd gives a good performance and really captures the role of Mr. Fantastic and Jessica Alba gives a good performance as The Invisible Woman. Chris Evans was probably my favorite out of all the actors because he was really good at this role and was pretty funny in this movie. Michael Chiklis give a good performance as well as The Thing. Overall Fantastic Four is a good movie to watch if you just want to kick back and have a good time.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider(2007)
½

Ghost Rider is a terrible movie that has so much potential to being a good movie but turns out terrible and dumb. Ghost Rider is about Johnny Blaze who sells his soul to Mephistopheles so he can cure his dad from cancer. Well the next day his dad's cancer is cured but is killed during a stunt. Years later Blaze is now a motorcycle daredevil but since he sold his soul he has to go stop this demon Blackheart from getting a contract that has a thousand souls on it. Now he must balance his life of stopping evil and his love life. Ghost Rider is probably one of the worst superhero movies so far and is really disappointing because this had allot of potential to be really good movie but sadly it doesn't go through. I think Ghost Rider is probably one of the most bad-ass characters for Marvel even though I don't know much about him but in this movie it really doesn't show that he's that bad-ass. The only thing that makes him look bad-ass in this film is that he's a skeleton on fire, that's it. The story for this movie is good enough for a superhero movie but is ruined by a whole bunch of garbage. For starters there is a whole bunch of scenes that are just so stupid and some predictable moments that don't shock you at all. This movie also has some dialogue in there that just sounds so stupid when the character say whats on the script. Well since all of this fails the action will still be there to entertain right? Well the answer to that is a no. The action scenes in this movie are so stupid and boring since they only last like 45 seconds each (except the final battle which is still pretty boring). One of the only good things in this movie is the visual effects. Ghost Rider looked like a total bad-ass because of the visual effects but that's like only good thing out of this whole movie. From all that bad the acting isn't much better. Nicolas Cage gives a decent performance here and is not his worst performance but I think he can do way much better. Eva Mendes is only here for looks and gives a bad performance along with Wes Bentley who I think took his role way to serious. Sam Elliot is wasted in this movie even though he wasn't that bad but he wasn't in the movie that long but he was in the only scene that I seemed to enjoy. Overall Ghost Rider is a terrible movie and most superhero fans will be disappointed of the outcome of this movie.

Paranormal Activity 3

Paranormal Activity 3 is yet another good addition to the franchise and is better than the second but still cant beat the first. Paranormal Activity is takes place in 1988 when the sisters Katie and Kristi first encounter the demon that would soon haunt them later in their lives. After Kristi starts taking to her "imaginary" friend, Toby, weird stuff starts to happen and that's when their mom's boyfriend, Dennis (who films weddings), sets up cameras all around the house. Now the family must figure out why this is happening to them and how to stop it. When I first saw Paranormal Activity I was to afraid to fall asleep the night I watched it. After seeing the second I wasn't that scared until about half-way through the movie. Well now they make a third movie and usually scary movie series don't do that good with adding a bunch of movies to the series and after a few they just seem stupid, for me Paranormal Activity is not one of those series. Paranormal Activity hasn't seemed to fail yet with entertaining me but I think that's because I'm a sucker for "found footage" films. I think the film's story was really good and set up very well because it's not just some random story like most horror franchises because they actually talked about this in the previous movies. The only flaws I really had with the movie was that the movie was only an hour and twenty-four minutes and that in the trailer it showed a whole bunch of stuff that wasn't shown in the movie. Well back to the good of the movie and what else is very good is that this movie is still very scary and spooky. This movie has a whole bunch of freaky moment and pop-outs that is sure to scare most of the people who see this. This movie also had one of the freakiest endings I've ever seen and it just left me their with my jaw dropped and I couldn't even movie for a little bit. The acting in this movie is also very well done. Christopher Nicholas Smith gives a great performance as Dennis and probably the best performance of the whole movie. Lauren Bittner gives a good performance as well which is good considering that some actresses in horror movies are in it just for looks but Bittner gives a great performance. Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown are great in this movie as the younger versions of Katie and Kristi and have good futures ahead of them. Overall Paranormal Activity is another great movie to this franchise and is a must see for any fan of the series.

Red Tails
Red Tails(2012)
½

Red Tails is a decent war movie that had so much potential to be a great movie but turns out to be decent. Red Tails tells the story of the Tuskegee airmen and how they proved to everyone that blacks can be good soldiers. The Tuskegee airmen aren't given any important mission but when they do they start gaining respect from others and prove that these guys are great pilots and proves that blacks are people as well. When I saw the trailer to Red Tails I thought this could be a great war film and made me look forward to it since I love war movies and there hasn't been a WW2 in awhile. Unfortunately this is not the movie I expected to because it turns out to be a movie were I only seemed to enjoy the action and not much else. I think making a movie about the Tuskegee airmen is a great idea for a movie but for this movie it just didn't work. This movies story just didn't work because they had a whole bunch of stuff that just didn't work. One thing is that this movie had quite a few stupid scenes that just made me think, is this even necessary? One thing I really hated about this story is that it has a really stupid relationship of one of the pilots and an Italian girl, I really think that should have just been cut from the movie. With all the stupid scenes of the movie it just got really boring and when it seemed like it would end the movie would just keep going and that really got on my nerves. This movie also has a few occasions were the dialogue was really bad. To save this movie from being a total wreck the visual effects and the action scene were actually very well done. I think the dogfights (plane fights) were entertaining and the visual effects that went along with it were very good. For acting in this movie it has some performances that are good and for the rest it's just decent. Terrence Howard is probably the best performance in this movie but he really didn't play that big of a role and wasn't a big character or anything as he should have been. For all the pilots in this movie I think Ne-Yo gave the best performance out of all of them because his character is the only one I really liked. The rest of the performances are overall decent but nothing special. Overall if your looking for a popcorn flick to watch this is a good movie to watch but if your looking for something good or great this isn't it.

Minority Report

Minority Report is a stunning Sci Fi thriller that just completely blew me away and is definitely one of the best of the Sci Fi genre. Minority Report is takes place in out nations capital in 2054 were they have "Precrime", a system were "precogs" predict future murder and the police arrest the person before they kill the victim. All is good until Officer John Anderton is accused of killing someone he doesn't even know and because of this he is know on the run trying to prove his innocence. Now he has 36 hours to be proved innocent and also needs the help of one of the precogs, Agatha. Before I saw this movie I honestly didn't know what to expect because I heard allot of people say that this is a fantastic movie and others say it's just alright. To me I already thought it was amazing but I didn't know weather I should give it a five or not but after thinking I realized I had no problems with this movie at all and everything about this movie is so incredible. To me this is probably one of the top five Sci Fi films ever made and one of the best movies I have watched. The whole story of this movie was just amazing but some times movies with really interesting stories don't work out but this film doesn't disappoint. I mean the whole concept of this movie is just amazing and the way the future is it's just so awesome. With all this awesome future stuff it has an awesome story to go with that kept me interested all throughout the movie. This movies side stories also keep you very interested as well unlike some movies but this movie's side stories would always have something to do with the main plot and thats one thing that kept me really interested with this film. Minority Report also works as an awesome thriller because this movie made me feel as if I were in the movie and kept me at the edge of my seat. This movie has plenty of scenes were the were I would just stand up and wait to see what will happen next because I always wanted to know what will happen next in this movie unlike some movies were I could care less. Minority Report also has an awesome cast that is perfect for this movie and brings amazing performances. Tom Cruise gives one of his best performances and that's one thing I really like about Cruise is that he always seems to give a great performance other than a couple of his movies. One thing I really liked about Cruise's character is that I also got really involved with his drama and always wanted to know what would happen to his character. Colin Farrell gives a great performances in the the supporting role and one thing I liked about his character is that all throughout the movie I had to guess all throughout the movie weather he was a bad guy or not. Samantha Morton is also amazing in her role as a precog and actually made me believe that she could be such a weird person. Overall Minority Report is a stunning film that I think allot of people can enjoy but some others might not.

Haywire
Haywire(2012)

Haywire is good action/thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh and a good early January release that has good entertainment. Haywire is about a highly trained operative, Mallory Kane, and how she is double crossed by the her boss Kenneth. It starts out were everyone is trying to hunt her down but it also shows allot of flashbacks from one of her earlier missions were she has to free a Chinese journalist up to the point were she was betrayed. After all this Mallory is now after the people who crossed her and find out why they did this to her and then kill them. Steven Soderbergh in my mind is very good director and when I first heard of Haywire and it's January release dat I had hope that it would be a good movie and that's just what it is. To me movies like this were someone sets out for revenge can be either a mess or a good movie and to me this was one of the better ones. An example of a bad revenge movie is Colombiana and when read about Haywire's story I got a little worried because they seemed a little similar but to my relief Haywire wasn't a mess like Colombiana. The plot in this movie has been used a hundred times before and will be used a hundred more times but that didn't bother me that much because I actually enjoyed watching the story as it went on, but this also isn't the best revenge flick I've seen. One thing about Haywire that is really good about Haywire is it's intense action scenes that involves allot of fight scenes that are very well done and very intense. One thing I really liked about the fight scenes is that unlike some movies it feels real and to help that out it has no music while the fights are going on. Haywire's cast is another good thing about this movie because it has such a good cast and a good debut from MMA fighter Gina Carano. Gina Carano is perfect for roles like this and is really good in the action scenes but one thing I didn't like about the movie is that they had to dub her voice. I think she still could have done well if they hadn't have dubbed her voice but overall I thought she was good and look forward to seeing her in more movies (by the way I would let her kick the crap out of me any day). This movie also has a good supporting cast of Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Michael Angarano, and Michael Fassbender even though he's not in the movie that long. Overall Haywire is a good revenge movie, good for a January release and is worth watching.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgement is twice as better than the already amazing The Terminator and also one of my favorite movies, this movie is an electrifying ride from start to finish with many things to live about it. Terminator 2: Judgement Day takes place a couple of years after the first Terminator were Sarah Connor is now in a mental hospital for telling everyone about the Terminators and how the world will end in the future and her son John is now born living with his foster parents. Well now two Terminators are sent back to the past, the T-800 is here to protect John unlike the new T-1000 thats here to kill John. Now The Terminator and Sarah have to protect John and all three also have to help destroy Skynet so the war will never happen. To me the first Terminator was a classic sci-fi action movie and one of the best movies made in the 80's. I really didn't know if making a sequel would be that good of an idea but since it's James Cameron directing and writing again you can be sure it's going to be epic. Well it turns out that T2 is twice as better than the original Terminator and tops it in so many ways. This movie has a bunch of quotes and scenes that are very memorable to me in movie history. This movie is also one of my all time favorites that I never get tired of watching unlike some of my other old favorites. The story is also very well done and has no issues or no sub-plots that weren't needed. The action in this movie is also at it's best and is what made this movie one of my favorite movies and quite possibly my favorite action film. The characters and acting is also at it's best and has some of the most memorable characters to me. This time I felt Arnold Schwarzenegger was twice as better than he was in the first because I think his character was very well made and had a bigger role than last time. To me his character is one of my all-time favorite characters ever made in a movie. Linda Hamilton also step up her performance and her character was also also very well made for this movie and was made into one of the most bad-ass chicks made in movie history. Edward Furlong was great in this movie as well and one of the best kid performances in any movie I've seen. Overall Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of the best action films and one of the best movies ever made and I highly recommend this to anyone.

The Terminator
½

The Terminator is a amazing start to a vey memorable series and one of my 80s favorites. The Terminator starts out in the future were machines and human are fighting in a war and the robots have a plan to stop the humans, so they send a Terminator to kill Sarah Connor, who is the mother of the human leader in the future. The humans have there own plan as well and send a soldier named Kyle Reese to defend her. It's going to be a brutal fight and who ever wins can change the universe for better or worse. Growing up in this generation I've always enjoyed watching movies and the 80s was always one of my favorite time period because it had such great movies and to me this was always one of my favorites. There is so much to like about this movie weather it's the action, story, Schwarzenegger as a total bad-ass, or the memorable quotes. The Terminator really impressed me because of the time period it was made in because the visual effects were really well done in this movie for it's time and I found that really cool. This was also the start of James Cameron's and it's a great start for the guy who would later on make other stunning movies. I think the story to this movie was very well done with a very interesting subject that doesn't fail on screen. I also think it's very cool that they kind of made this movie to be set up like a horror film even though it's not scary. The action in this movie is so awesome, weather it's the chases or shootouts it was all just very entertaining. The acting in this movie was also amazing like anything else and was a great start for some people. To me this movie was the start to Schwarzenegger's career and made me think that he is one of the most bad-ass actors out now and he really shows that in this movie. Michael Biehn gives a great performance as well and one of his best performance he's given. Let's not forget Linda Hamilton gives a great performance as well but to me she really shines in the sequel. Overall The Terminator is an amazing movie and I think anyone should give it a shot depending on what your interest is.

Contraband
Contraband(2012)
½

Contraband is a decent movie and actually pretty good for a January release but nothing special what soever. Contraband is about Chris Farraday who is an ex-smuggler and is now living a normal life with his family but of course he has to do one more job. After his brother-in-law, Andy botches a drug deal his boss, Tim Briggs, now wants him dead and Chris has to do one more job in Panama to pay of Andy's deal and leaves his best friend Sebastian to watch his family. After seeing the trailer to Contraband I had hopes of it being a good movie but having the January release date scared me knowing that some January movies totally suck. In the end it wasn't that bad for a early release date but its nothing special either. This movie really doesn't bring anything new to crime movies like this and because of that there is a few things bad about the movies story. The story isn't anything we haven't seen before and it has a bunch of stupid parts in the movie that were just very poorly written and the writers could have took more time to write some scenes. This movie also has some some predictable moments and the twist in the movie wasn't good at all because I saw it coming before the movie even started. With all that's wrong with the story the action is still entertaining to watch and will give you a good time if your not enjoying the story. For the acting in this movie it's not the greatest but it will do. Mark Wahlberg does a good job in this movie since he's usually in roles like this but he needs to get back into better movies were he gives great performances and not these decent movie that usually don't go anywhere. Kate Beckinsale is nothing in this movie since this character has been used many times in other movies and any actress could have done this role. Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi are good in this movie as well and the rest of the cast is decent. Overall Contraband is a decent movie and if you want to see this movie just wait for rental.

Killer Elite
Killer Elite(2011)

Killer Elite is nothing special by any means but is still a good action movie and gives you a good time. Killer Elite is about a former assassin named Danny Bryce who pulled back in to do another job. After a sheikh's three sons are murdered they hold Danny's best friend, Hunter, hostage until Danny get's the confessions from the guys who killed the three sons and then kill them. The job gets a bit harder for Danny now that an ex-soldier, Spike, is out to stop Danny from killing these three killers. Now its an all out war between all these guys and will see who the best killer really is. When I heard about Killer Elite I thought it had potential of being a great action movie just by reading the cast and the plot. After seeing the trailers I still had hopes but then all these bad reviews came in and heard it wasn't that great of a movie, but there were still some critics who said it was a great movie. However when I saw it, it wasn't bad nor great but a good action movie but nothing special. Weather this was based of a true story or not I liked the story for the most part because it was a good plot for an action film and it worked on screen. Some people said the plot can be confusing but to me it was a simple story and I always had the right idea of what was going on. This movie's action was also good and entertaining but I felt it needed a little more because at times the movie could get a bit boring. This movie packs a great cast and they all give good performances and nothing but. As always Jason Statham is good for this type of role and doesn't fail for this movie and is good for entertaining the crowd like always. Clive Owen is also good in this movie as well as Robert De Niro for his time in this movie. The rest of this cast is good in this movie but nothing special. Overall Killer elite is good movie and is good if you just want to kick back and have a good, entertaining time.

Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero
½

Batman and Mr. Freeze- SubZero is a decent animated film that has it's ups and it's downs. Batman and Mr. Freeze- SubZero is about Mr. Freeze who abducts Barbara Gordon (AKA Batgirl) as an organ donor so he can cure his wife who has been very ill for a long time. Now Batman and Robin must save her before Mr. Freeze can do his experiment or they loose one of there friends. Growing up with Batman The Animated series as my favorite show I always use to enjoy the movie they made but as I watch them in the future they don't seem to be that great anymore. From what I remembered I always used to like this movie but now that I watch it wasn't as good as it was a couple of years ago. I though Batman: Mask of the Phantasm did a great job from bringing the TV show into a full length movie but unfortunately SubZero doesn't do as good. I wasn't that entertained with the story but I didn't find it stupid because I know about Mr. Freeze and his past but overall the story wasn't that entertaining. For the action it's good enough to entertain you if you don't think the story isn't that good. Voice acting is also really good since all the voices are from the TV series. Overall for an animation movie it's alright and for Batman movies it's not the worst since Joel Schumacher's two live action films are still out there.

The Godfather, Part III
½

The Godfather, Part III is another amazing piece of work by Francis Ford Coppola but not a great as the first two. After seeing the first two I thought they were fantastic movies and I heard from lots of people that the third one took it down a notch but I still found this movie quite amazing. This isn't as good as the other two but if you enjoyed the first two you will enjoy this movie as well but you will be a bit disappointed. The story in this movie is still great and one thing that made this movie great is that they introduced Sonny's son, Vincent, which I thought was really good. This movie doesn't have as many memorable scenes as they had in the first two but they still had some pretty awesome scenes. The drama for this movie was still very well done like all of The Godfathers have before this movie. The acting in this movie is still great in this movie as well. Al Pacino gives another great performance as Michael Corleone but I thought he was better when he was younger for this role. Diane Keaton gives another great performance as Kay and Talia Shire gives her best performance out all three of The Godfather movies she was in as Michael's sister Connie. The huge breakout actor to me in this movie was Andy Garcia who plays Vincent and is now one of my favorite characters in the Godfather series. Sofia Coppola gives an amazing performance in this movie as well as Michael's daughter and was very good at this role. Overall The Godfather, Part III is yet another amazing piece of filmography but not as classic as the first two.

Collateral
Collateral(2004)

Collateral is one of the best movies ever made in my mind and one of my personal favorites with no flaws whatsoever. Collateral is about a taxi driver named Max whose been driving for 12 years but wants to start a limo business. One nigh he picks up a hitman named Vincent and now he has to drop him of at all five of his locations to kill. The cops are also on there trail and this turns into one hell of a night for both Vincent and Max. Before I saw this movie I heard great things about this movie and when I found it for a good price I finally picked it up and watched it. First off I think Michael Mann is one of the best directors out there because he can make some great movies and to me this is his best work. This movie is done so well and Michael Mann's directing is just amazing. The story for this movie is probably one of the most original and clever story I have ever seen in a movie. As this movie goes on it get's better and better. This movie also has some intense and thrilling moments and a very well done shootout at a night club. For acting this movie is just awesome and has some great performances. Tom Cruise gives probably his best performance I've seen him give so far. This is just one of the best performances I've seem from any movie and Cruise's character was just very well done. Jamie Foxx give a knockout performance as well and his performance was very realistic. One screen together these actors are just phenomenal. Overall Collateral is one of my favorite movies and to me Michael Mann's best work since Heat and a movie that I highly recommend.

Heat
Heat(1995)
½

Heat is an amazing crime movie that star two of cinemas greatest actors and a great supporting cast along with a great story and action. Heat is about a professional criminal, Neil McCauley, and a cop, Vincent Hanna who each have their own team and are both very good at what they do. Vincent has problem with his relationship with his wife since he's always working on a case and Neil doesn't ever get into any relationship since he's so serious about what he does until he meet's a girl, Eady. Now Vincent and his crew are out to catch Neil and his gang with another set of guys out to get Neil. I've always liked crime movie like this and this is probably the best out of all of them and one of the best movies made. Michael Mann's directing is great in this movie and one of his best films that he's made. The story is really spectacular in this movie and very well done. From the electrifying start to the climactic ending this movie does not fail to entertain you and bring you a good time. This movie also has some very well done drama and some very well done action scenes including and great shootout in downtown LA. This movie also has two of the greatest actors of our time who don't fail to give great performances. Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro are amazing in this movie and is a real treat to any movie lover to see these two actors in a movie together. This movie is added to both actors list of their greatest performance. Val Kilmer also gives a great performance which was really good to me since some of the stuff I've seen him in are absolutely crap. Tom Siezmore, Jon Voight, Amy Brenneman, and the rest of the supporting cast to a very good job as well. Overall Heat is an amazing heist film that I think lots of people can enjoy.

The Eagle
The Eagle(2011)

The Eagle is a good action/adventure movie that isn't the best but still good. The Eagle is about Marcus who is a Roman soldier whose dad was once a soldier and lost The Eagle 20 years ago along with many other soldiers, including his dad. The Eagle is a symbol of Rome and once Marcus gets hurt on the battlefield and learns that The Eagle has a location he sets of to find it with his slave, Esca. On their journey there are many things that happen to them that they have to solve and also have to learn to trust each other. When I saw the trailer to The Eagle I thought it could be good because I always liked movies like this were it takes place in the olden days and when I saw it I was not disappointed because I knew it wouldn't be a great movie. This movie has it's flaws but not that much to ruin the whole movie. The story was alright when I first saw it by the trailer but when I saw the movie it wasn't as good because I thought it was missing somethings. One big issue to me is that the trailer told to much about this movie because there could have been a good scene for a little shock but the trailer just goes ahead and tells you. The action in this movie was well done and very entertaining and probably the best thing about this movie. Channing Tatum gives a good performance and one of his better performance because to me he isn't one of the best actors. Jamie Bell is also good in this movie and I've think he's a good actor who has a good future. Other than those two there really aren't any actors that stood out in this movie. Overall The Eagle is a good action movie that some people might enjoy and others wont/

Contagion
Contagion(2011)
½

Steven Soderbergh's Contagion is a really good film with a very interesting and scary story. Contagion is about this deadly disease going all throughout the world very rapidly and killing anyone who gets it. Now everyone must live in a world with disease while the doctors are trying to find a cure and people dying everywhere. This movie follows many people stories during this crisis and seeing if they can live through it. When I heard of Contagion I didn't know what to expect but I heard good things about it so I decided I'd try it. After watching it I really enjoyed it and was very clever and scary. I like Steven Soderbergh's work and this is once again he makes another good movie that should not disappoint. I think this movies story was scary because this could happen in real life and it shows a perfect idea of what this word would like it disease took over the world. It does a really good job of showing the fear of people and the thing that would happen during a crisis like this. After this movie I felt afraid and hope something like this never happens. This movie also has many different types of genres. This movie's story is mostly scary because it could happen in real life but it also does really good for drama and suspense as well. This movie has a great cast and doesn't fail to give a good performance. With all the actors in this movie none of them really stood out from the rest but they were all good. Matt Damon gives a good performance and does a good job as a normal citizen during all of this. On the other side Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet gives a good performance as the doctors of this movie as well as Marion Cotillard who I felt wasn't in the movie for that long. Jude Law is good is this movie as well who is one of those guys who has to blog everything that goes on and to uncover the truth about the people making the cure for the disease. Overall Contagion is a really good movie that is sure to scare you a little and gives you good acting and story telling.

Shark Night 3D

Shark Night 3D is another one of those horror movies that just absolutely sucked and really had no way to make it better. Shark Night 3D is about a group of friends who take a little vacation to one of their lake houses. Once they arrive they notice sharks in the lake and now they have to find a way out and find out whose doing all of this to them. When I first saw a trailer of Shark Night 3D I was like ok doesn't seem that bad. After seeing it again I thought "man this movie might actually suck". Well like I do with most movies I decided to watch it a sure enough it sucked. This is sure enough one the worst movies of 2011 and probably one of the worst in the past few years. The story for this movie was just plain stupid, I mean really, sharks in a lake? This movie was so predictable and I saw many thing coming that happened later on in the movie and when it got to the point where they explained why the sharks were in a lake I was just about to stop watching because it was so retarded. I actually found myself laughing at many times because of how stupid this movie was. This movie is also not scary what so ever and doesn't even have that good of violence or kills. This movie also has plenty of stupid dialogue and characters, to be honest I kind of wanted all the characters to die. Everyone actor in this movie was terrible because of this dumb movie idea. I think this movie should have just been R and have more violence and should have shown some nudity. Overall Shark Night 3D that I would recommend to no one and a movie that I just want to forget about.

Ocean's Thirteen

Ocean's Thirteen is another good crime movie to this series and keeps the series fresh. Ocean's Thirteen is about Danny Ocean and the gang once again who are out for revenge after a hotel owner Willy Bank betrays Danny's mentor, Reuben. Now Reuben is in critical condition and the boys are going to make Bank pay by ruining Bank's new hotel on opening night. Doing this they will also need the help from there old enemy, Terry Benedict. I never always enjoyed the Ocean's movies but never thought they were great but I respect the series because it managed to make three films and I ended up enjoying all of them. They always come up with fresh ideas that are good and don't end up bad. I actually liked the story for this movie because it was very clever just like any other Ocean's movie and always stayed entertaining. I also liked that this movie wasn't just about the heist because of the story was good enough were it didn't need that much of a heist. Just like all the other Ocean's movie it had it's clever comedy and the cleverness of Danny Ocean and everyone else in the gang. George Clooney gives yet another good performance along with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and the rest of the gang. Andy Garcia is good in the few scenes he's in but I felt he could have been in the movie a bit more. Instead of Julia Roberts in the female role we now have Ellen Barkin who gives a good good performance but she wasn't the best of the new actors to the series. With the acting legend Al Pacino as the bad guy in this movie he does a good job and one of the best performances of the movie but not his best movie. Overall Ocean's Thirteen is another good sequel that keeps the cleverness of the series going.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
½

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a terrific comedy that is easy for anybody to enjoy and one of John Hugh's best movies and one of the best from the 80's. This movie is about Ferris Bueller who is skips a day of school by pretending to be sick. After everyone is gone from his house he gets his best friend Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane. From there they go out one a journey to Chicago and do many things but their principal, Mr. Rooney, is on Ferris's case since this isn't his first day off. I like John Hughes as a director/writer because he always seems to make movies that are always enjoyable to watch and to me this is one of his best films. He always has great ideas for his movies and no doubt this is one of the most original and a perfect idea for a movie. I really think this is a great idea for a movie because I never liked school and sometimes I skip but I never do the things Ferris did. This movies story is great because it can relate to allot of people who don't like school and even people who enjoy school can enjoy. Along with the story this movie has many scenes that are just absolutely hilarious and made the movie even more enjoyable. The cast in this movie is also great. Matthew Broderick gives a great performance and is perfect for that laid back cool kid and brings some of the movies laughs. Alan Ruck also gives a great performance here along with Mia Sara who looks stunning in this movie. Jeffrey Jones is good in this movie as well and brings quite a few laughs as well. Overall Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a terrific comedy and probably one of the best 80's movie I've seen.

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)

Fright Night is a great remake to the 1985 movie that is better than the original in my mind. Fright Night is about a normal teenager who lives with his mom and hangs out with his friends and girlfriend in the popular group at school. After many disappearances his old friend, Ed, suspects that his Charlie's new next door neighbor, Jerry, is a vampire. Of course Charlie doesn't believe it at first but he soon notices weird stuff about Jerry and comes to a conclusion that he is a vampire. He must keep his mom and girlfriend safe from Jerry but will also need the help from vampire expert, Peter Vincent. I enjoyed the first Fright Night but never thought of it as a great movie as many others have. When I saw the trailer for this movie I thought it looked good but once it came out I got more excited to see it because lots of people said it was a good. Well after watching it I thought it was great and better than the original. I was really glad to see a great vampire because most the time you see that Twilight crap but this movie stay to the original rules of vampires which I liked. Just like any other remake this movie has it's similarities and differences but this is one of those remakes that I didn't mind the differences because it made the movie better than the original. When it comes to horror in this movie it isn't all that scary but just a little freaky at times but this movie has some good action scenes that keeps the movie in fast pace. This movie also has quite few laughs as well. The cast in this movie was fantastic and couldn't chose anyone better. Anton Yelchin gives a great performance and plays a great Charlie Brewster but the most impressive performance in this movie Colin Farrell as Jerry the vampire. Colin Farrell was perfect for this role and one of his best performance yet. David Vincent give a great performance as Peter Vincent who is very different from the Peter in the original. Some of the flaws I had from the original was the actors who played Ed and Amy (Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys) weren't that good but in this movie Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Imogen Poots do a great job and way better than the original actors. Overall Fright Night is a great horror movie remake that I think people who like the original could enjoy this.

Gamer
Gamer(2009)
½

Gamer is a decent action that has a great story but doesn't entirely make it a good movie. Gamer is about Kable, a prisoner who is now put into a mind controlling video game were he is in the game and his player, Simon, controls him. He can only be released if he survives 30 matches but competition is getting more tough since he might be the first one out and he has to get out to see is family. I always loved the idea of actually being in the game and being able to control everything and when I heard this movie was like that I was excited to see it. But this movie also has a twist by adding the players who are prisoners and the people who control them who are normal people. Well after seeing it I was pretty disappointed. The story turned out to be decent and lacked quite a few things and they could have made it way better than it was. If you don't expect much from this movie you wont be surprised if you watch it and everything sucks but the action because this movie has some good action scenes that entertain with everything else lacking something. I think this movie should have just had less story and more action than it did. One thing that I couldn't stand in this movie was the acting because there is really no good performances beside Gerard Butler. Gerard Butler gives a good performance unlike everyone else in this movie and was the only character that I really cared about. The problem with this movie is that there are some good actors here who aren't in the movie for long or the just give a bad performance. You also don't really care for any of the characters in this movie beside Gerard Butler's character. Overall Gamer was a let down with a great story that didn't do as good as I thought it would, good action, and one good performance.

Hanna
Hanna(2011)

Hanna is a good action film that was a pleasant surprise to me since I don't like the girl action hero kind of stuff. Hanna is about a dad named Erik (ex-CIA agent) and his young daughter, Hanna, who live in the wilds of North Finland were Erik trains his daughter to be the perfect assassin. One day Erik leaves and now people are after Erik and Hanna to finish unfinished business that goes way back. Now Hanna must defend herself in the real world and has to find a way to regroup with her father. Let just start out with saying that I really don't like the idea of girls being action stars because the movie always ends up being bad to me and thats what I thought would happen if I watched this movie. Well after seeing good review by critics and some friends I decided to watch it and I actually liked it. I thought the story was good enough to make a good movie and as the movie went on there were many more interesting things going on in the movie. The reason why I like this story is because most movies involving girl action stars end up being crap but this is not the case for this movie. The action in this movie is well done and has some really good action scenes and chases. The acting in this movie is pretty good to with some performances that weren't all great. Saoirse Ronan gives a good performance as Hanna and proved to me that she can actually do good for roles like this unlike other actresses. I also thought Erik Bana gave a really good performance and ended up liking him in this movie and his character. Cate Blanchett gives a good performance as well and plays Marissa, a CIA agent who wont stop until she captures Erik and Hanna and has one really interesting thing about her that I wont spoil. Overall Hanna is a good action film and proves that not all girl action hero types of movies are bad.

Apollo 18
Apollo 18(2011)

Apollo 18 is pleasant surprise to me and is actually not that bad as everyone said it was. Apollo 18 is about a secret mission to the moon with two astronauts Nate and Ben. After there arrival they start to notice some weird stuff going on and is getting out of control and have to find a way to get of the moon. This "found footage" shows why we never went back to the moon. First of I had doubt about this movie because of all the crap this movie was getting and when I first saw the trailer I thought it would be bad to. Then while thinking it over I decided to watch it because the idea did seem a bit interesting to me and after watching it I was surprised and actually enjoyed it. I always liked movie that have been claimed "found footage" and this one didn't disappoint me. I must say I liked the idea of the movie because I always thought about what goes on in space and if there is aliens out there and this movie does a good job of showing what they think is on the moon. But when it does come to the aliens it's a bit weird but at the same time it was fairly interesting to me. I think the people who made this movie were some what going for horror and when they do go for it I wasn't scared. People won't find this movie scary, if you want to see something scary that was "found footage" go watch Paranormal Activity. At times in this movie I enjoyed some scenes because they got intense, not scary, and entertained me and thats one thing to me that didn't make this film bad. The acting in this movie is also well done. I actually really like Warren Christie's and Lloyd Owen's performances and when see movies like this I always like to see these underrated actors give good performances. The visual effects in this movie are also well done. Overall Apollo 18 isn't that bad of a movie to me but this movie might not be for everyone.

Warrior
Warrior(2011)

Warrior is a great drama/MMA film and definitely one 2011's best movies. Warrior is about two brothers, Brendan who is a school teacher, and Tommy who has just came home after serving in the Marines. These two brothers have been from each other along time and now have issues that they need to solve. Brendan is getting close to losing his house and now he has to get the money to save it and Tommy is trying to get away from his dark past and needs help from his dad who will coach him. They both turn to MMA and sing up for Sparta (which is the Superbowl of MMA) and winner takes home winner takes all. When I heard about Warrior I thought it would make a good movie because I always enjoyed MMA movies and when I saw this movie I thought it was just great. This is possibly one of 2011's best movies. The story in this movie was terrific and one of the best sports stories in a movie I have ever seen. This movie also have a terrific ending that I just made me a bit emotional because it was such a great way to end the movie. This movie also has some great fight scenes that kept me at the edge of my seat and almost made me jump up and cheer. This films drama is also very well done. The acting and the characters were also great in this movie. Joel Edgerton gives a great performance in this movie and one of his best performances yet. In this movie I think Tom Hardy gave the best performance because his character was such a badass and Tom Hardy was perfect for this character. This is probably his best performance and makes me look forward to seeing him in more movies so he can keep up the great work. Nick Nolte gives a great performance in this movie as well. One thing I liked about this movie is that the characters chemistry with each other because that what made this movie so good because they weren't this big happy family. Overall Warrior was a great movie with some possible Oscar nomination and a must see.

Home Alone 3
Home Alone 3(1997)

Home Alone 3 is one of the worst family comedies that I've seen and what makes it work is that I enjoyed the first two. Home Alone 3 is about a group of thieves who are after this microchip that can stop the US Air Force. Soon they end up getting it but a the airport they end up picking the wrong bag. Now they have to go into a small Chicago suburb and trace it to an eight year old boys house, Alex Pruitt, who is staying home because of the chicken pox. Now Alex must defend his neighborhood from these evil thieves and keep the chip away from them. To me the first Home Alone was a great movie that I always enjoyed watching. The second had more flaws but still enjoyable. Now the third movie was just absolutely stupid and made me think why would they do this. John Hughes has made some good movies and now he writes the script of this movie and its just nothing but crap. At first the story seemed alright at first but as I watched I wondering the whole time how can an eight year old out smart a bunch of professional thieves? After I noticed it made me think that the story was nothing but crap. One thing I always liked in the Home Alone movies is the comedy and in this movie it has nothing good and I don't recall laughing once during this movie. The acting also suck in this movie. Alex D. Linz is was terrible in this film and really annoyed me during the whole movie and is definitely no Macaulay Culkin. The rest of the performances suck as well. Overall Home Alone 3 is nothing but a piece of crap for teens and up and should just let little kids watch this movie.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is another good family comedy and a good sequel to the first but not quite as good as the first. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is once again about Kevin and this time he and his family are heading to Miami for Christmas, but of course something bad is going to happen again. This time while at the airport Kevin gets confused and gets on the plane to New York instead of the Miami plane. As Kevin's time in New York is good it soon get ruined when Kevin sees his old friends Harry and Marv who are planning to rob a toy store. Now Kevin has to get by in New York and stop these two criminals. I thought the first Home Alone was a great family comedy that I always enjoyed watching and for Chris Columbus to make a sequel anything can happen. Well it turns out that this movie isn't entirely great but not bad either, it's still an enjoyable movie but with more flaws than the first. The story was basically the same as the first movie except that this time it was in New York. In this movie I saw many scenes that were the same as the scenes from the first movie with a few differences. For the comedy side its funny and is what mostly saves this movie but at time this movie could slow down or have some similar scenes from the first. Most of the cast returns to this movie and all do just fine. Macaulay Culkin is back as Kevin and gives another good performance but his cleverness from the first movie is what made me like him allot but you end up mostly seeing what you saw from the first movie. Joe Pesci is back again as the clever/smart guy from his little group and Daniel Stem is back as well and give another good performance as the stupid guy of the group and always manages to put a smile on your face. Overall Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a good family comedy with quite a few flaws but still enjoyable.