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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I don't think anyone would have expected 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' to be anything other than a half-assed attempt to milk whatever remaining money it could from this apparently lifeless franchise. Tim Burton's iteration saw to it that any potential it had was utterly destroyed. Surprisingly, this latest entry in the long-running series manages to upend all negative perceptions and it turns out to be quite a solid action movie with a great deal of heart. Rupert Wyatt's direction is impressive and he stages action sequences with quite a bit of gusto and a clarity that is, sadly, missing from most movies of this kind these days. The special effects manage to be quite strong too. The lead ape, Cesar, aided by the remarkable talents of the always wonderful Andy Serkis, is remarkably articulate and convincing, showing a great deal of emotion that makes him incredibly sympathetic. Other performances from the human actors range from good (Franco, Lithgow) to downright silly (Poor Tom Felton seems like he'll be stuck playing Draco Malfoy for all eternity and it just doesn't suit him well here). The script fluctuates back and forth between intelligent, thought out storytelling and flat out cliches, but, overall, it gets the job done. The film starts stronger than it finishes, but it's certainly no failure - Far from it. It's definitely worth seeing and even leaves the door open for more stories to tell. And if those stories are as exciting and heartfelt as what's on display here and the filmmaking technique as inspired, returning to the Planet of the Apes will be something to look forward to.

The Host
The Host(2007)

UPDATE 2014:

It's been about 6 years since I first saw the Host and, upon rewatching it for the first time since then, my opinion of it has changed drastically. This is a wonderful film - intense, funny and ultimately very moving. It's one of the best monster movies of the past twenty years.

To see how much one's opinion can change from one phase in life to another, I have kept the content of my original 2-star review from 2008. Enjoy!!

2006 REVIEW:

How this movie managed to get 93% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes singing its praises is a mystery to me, but I'd sure like to know what I was missing.

I first heard of this movie when I was reading a negative review of 'Cloverfield'. The critic then suggested that 'The Host' was a much better film and recommended it highly. Now, I LOVED 'Cloverfield'. Absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic, innovative roller coaster ride of a monster movie. If 'The Host' was getting better reviews and being recommended by critics all over then I had to check it out.

........this is not a monster movie. It is a sort of attempt at melding family drama and comedy into a monster movie setting. I think the monster appears...what...5 times throughout the course of the 2 hour movie? Nah, not that little, but not nearly enough for a movie that was being hyped as 'one of the greatest monster movies ever made'. (Logan Hill, New York Magazine)

The characters simply aren't interesting enough for us to care about and the monster doesn't appear nearly enough to make it a good monster movie...which leaves us with the not so fascinating characters. There's practically no suspense, save one scene near the end. Why can't a monster movie just BE a monster movie? 'Cloverfield' was fantastic because the characters were at least interesting enough for us to care about them and, not only that, it was EXCITING. Its tone was CONSISTENT. Monster attacks city...people try to escape...friend gets trapped in the city...people go back to save her. It was fun! It was scary! Plus the handheld camera added a whole new dimension to it.

In the end, 'The Host' is just another one of those cheap monster movies that manages to get the critics' vote by cramming in a family story to give it more 'depth'.

Oh, and the monster wasn't that awesome anyway.


"While Godzilla may not be able to live up to the expectations set by those phenomenal trailers, it still manages to get the job done in a most splendid fashion. Edwards' direction is spectacular, the shots he and Director of Photography Seamus McGarvey have crafted are mesmerizing and, at times, astonishingly beautiful. You'd never guess this was Edwards' first foray into blockbuster territory. He's got a knack for this stuff. The special effects team, led by Jim Rygiel, works wonders, constructing sequences that will make you jump for joy and give many a hoot and a holler. Alexandre Desplat's soundtrack is a marvelous piece of work, complimenting the material and elevating it when needed. (Desplat is very quickly becoming my favorite working composer. I'm listening to his score as I compose this review and I'm already getting pumped to see the movie again)"

See my full review at http://ohhowspiffing.blogspot.com!!

Batman Returns

Man, I thought I disliked Burton's first Batman movie, but this is just despicable. Nothing about this film is enjoyable...Burton is clearly more interested in setting the mood and set design than crafting any worthwhile storytelling or interesting characters. I would rank this depiction of Batman right down there with Forever and Batman & Robin. The one-liners are just as laughable and the dialogue is atrocious. At least those movies were entertainingly bad, this film is just mean-spirited.


In the past few years, Marvel based superhero movies have experienced a surge. The heroes of its comic book pages have been treated to some rather spectacular films - The obvious high points being Spider-Man and Iron Man. More recently though, Marvel Studios has begun to build a reputation for providing reliable fan service while attempting to please a broader audience as well. Sometimes, this works quite well, as it did with the first Iron Man film. Other times...well...you get something like Thor.

Now, Thor isn't really a bad movie. At times it even shows glimpses of being a pretty fun one. It's a shame that those glimpses are too far and too few in between the massive CGI set pieces and vastly uninteresting character interactions. And really, the problem with Thor right from the get go is that the character just isn't interesting. Being an immortal, the God of Thunder or what have you, there isn't a whole lot to relate to in his character. There aren't any of the incredibly human flaws that make Spider-Man or Iron Man so fantastic to watch. Thor is Thor and his movie can only really be about waiting for him to beat the shit out of some CGI monsters with his hammer. Chris Hemsworth provides the desired level of charm to make the character somewhat enjoyable to watch, but even his talent can't hide the fact that there's not much to work with.

It doesn't help that the plot is muddled down with trying to please too many people and the same time. Its story is incredibly uneven and, especially at the beginning, very hard to follow with some painfully awkward editing and the haphazard direction of Kenneth Branagh (What's with all the Dutch Angles?). It tries to please its fans with an overlong sequence in Thor's kingdom of Asgard before quickly transitioning to Thor's banishment to earth (Insert the obligatory scenes where he meets the goofy humans who help teach him that mankind is a worthy species worth saving...minus Kat Dennings' character who pretty much functions as the Jar Jar Binks of the movie). The scenes on earth go on for far too long before becoming as majestically boring as the overblown CGI scenes and the relationships between Thor's character and the people he meets on earth don't ever really click. The 'love story', if you want to call it that, between Thor and Natalie Portman's character Jane is forced and I never quite bought their relationship.

The mediocre characters were somewhat expected when it comes to a hero as paper thin as Thor, but the fact that the action sequences don't inspire much excitement is a huge disappointment as well. Shot frantically and chaotically, there's never a real sense of space or any real threat of danger as most of the villains are CGI (As are our heroes in some painfully obvious cases).

Overall, I can't call Thor a disappointment because I didn't really expect much from it in the first place. But, considering Marvel's latest track record and the initially positive word of mouth reviews, I was hoping for another highly entertaining entry to kick of the summer of 2011. Instead, we get another placeholder for the long-awaited Avengers flick. Oh well, here's to hoping Captain America will be better!

Jack and Jill

Maybe, just maybe, the very worst film I have ever seen in all my life.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Oh my goodness...WHAT a movie!! I didn't think there was any way this series could get more ridiculous, but the Raimi/Campbell one-two punch has proven me wrong. Evil Dead 2, while not as scary or as disgusting as its predecessor, is a laugh-out-loud riot and one of the most enjoyable movies I've ever seen. It's pure hysteria in cinematic form.

The Evil Dead

Sam Raimi's first full-length film is a relentless, gore-filled, cheesy horror film that set the standard for relentless, gore-filled, cheesy horror films. The laughs and scares are constant and, despite the hammy acting, the movie is just tons of fun.

The Exorcist
The Exorcist(1973)

TERRIFYING!!!! It starts off incredibly slow, but once it gets started...gyaaah, creepyness ensues.


another winner from Pixar. Simultaneously heartbreaking and remarkably uplifting, Up is one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen this year


R2-D2 meets 2001: A Space Odyssey meets awesome

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I like it better than the first solely because I love the fight with the basilisk at the end. It also improved on a few things. The performances are slightly better as are the special effects. Other than that, it's still a stiff 'by-the-book' adaptation. Despite that, I've got to give Chris Columbus credit...he was the major contributer when it came to the look of the films. His inspired casting choices were also spot on.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


More so than any other film in the Harry Potter series, Half Blood Prince had me really worried. For starters, this is the first film of the series in which the majority of the audience members, including myself, will already know the outcome of the characters and story as a result of reading the books. Would this take away from the suspense of the films? Not only that, but, despite the fact that director David Yates had a strong big-screen directorial debute with the Order of the Phoenix, it still had a slightly amateur feel to it, as if he wasn't quite comfortable with filling the role of big-budget movie director (His previous credits involve the mini-series State of Play and other British TV films). Despite this, there's no doubt that his attention to acting and character work provided some of the best performances the series has seen from our young trio.

Shortly into filming of Half-Blood Prince, Warner Bros. announced that Yates had not only signed on to direct the 6th movie, but he would be directing the final movie as well, splitting it into two parts. If the Half-Blood Prince disappointed, then, it would be pretty difficult to get ANYONE excited for the final two films. Combine these factors with the much publicized and scrutinized delay, moving the film from its originally intended November release to this 2009 summer season (Warner Bros. claimed they wanted a big release for 2009 as the Dark Knight had dominated 2008 and they wouldn't need the money). Still, after reading a particular review on Ain't It Cool News complaining about the state of the film at the time, I couldn't shake the feeling that the delay may be more about the quality of the film than anything. When it came down to it, I knew I would have to wait it out and discover the movie for myself, and I'm beyond ecstatic to announce that all these fears have been completely pushed aside by the brilliance that is this movie.

It's remarkable for a film series to keep its freshness and entertainment value over the course of 3-4 films without feeling stale. With the exception of the James Bond film series, there aren't many franchises out there that have earned such a merit (even the Bond films started to show signs of wear and tear with Thunderball and You Only Live Twice, slightly recovering with On Her Majesty's Secret Service). Even trilogies such as Back to the Future, The Matrix, and even the Godfather had floundered in their final entries, unable to sustain any form of interesting story (With Back to the Future and the Matrix, these faults were already evident in their middle chapters). As a result of having phenomenal source material, this is not the case with this particular movie series. Not only do the Harry Potter films seem to be getting better and more mature with each entry, but, in the same way that the books grew more complex and emotionally satisfying as they went on, the films have followed suit....and this one tops them all in terms of sheer character development and emotional complexity. Needless to say, all my fears were washed away from the opening scene...David Yates has up'd his game and the result is the best Harry Potter film since Alfonso Cuaron took the reins for the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Everything about this movie is a vast improvement over the Order of the Phoenix. Yates has clearly developed into a confident filmmaker. His angles are less awkward, and his shots are much more daring. It only helps when you manage to get such a competent crew on your side, including the likes of Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement). Despite being a newcomer to the Potter series, there's no doubt that the man is an expert of his craft. Bringing his visual style to the film was an inspired choice, and, as a result the film is arguably the best looking of the bunch (The Sectumsempra scene stands out in particular as a fine example). Steve Kloves also makes a welcome return as the screenwriter for this film (He wrote the first four, then took a break for number 5). He clearly gets the world, the characters, and even the actors playing them, which only contributes to the film. The problem that Kloves and Yates had to face with the story was that the book is very expositional. It is, essentially, a preparation for the final installments with no big action-packed set pieces. They address this head on by focusing more on character development, mostly the romantic aspects of our three heroes, as opposed to the flashbacks that reveal Voldemort's past, narrowing it down to the bare essentials. Potter purists may be up in arms about the change, but, for the sake of pacing, it works to not have the majority of your film taking place in flashbacks. Plus, the two flashbacks included are the two most important ones, so no need to worry, kiddos.

The three principal cast members (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson) are all in top form here. Yates' direction is clearly helping them come into their own, as they all give top-notch performances. They also get the opportunity to stretch their comedic talents as well...Dan and Rupert especially seem to have a genuine knack for it, pulling some of the film's biggest laughs. The supporting cast is great, as always. This time, Jim Broadbent joins the club as the new Potions teacher, Professor Horace Slughorn, and he captures the character of the book perfectly. This character could have easily fallen into the trap of the bumbling, comic-relief status, but Yates and Broadbent give Slughorn's character the respect it deserves, managing to portray the character's goofiness with a hint of genuine sadness. There's an emotional weight on Slughorn's shoulders and Broadbent manages to carry it with outstanding vigor.

The usual returning supporting cast is great as always, but, there are just a few who have earned the right to receive specific shoutouts. First and foremost is Michael Gambon, reprising his role as Professor Dumbledore. When he first joined the cast for the 3rd movie (Replacing the late great Richard Harris), it was an awkward change. His Dumbledore was dramatically different from Harris' interpretation. At first I didn't like it much at all, but looking back on it, I realize how perfectly he captured the energy of the character, something Harris never seemed to acknowledge. His performance in the 4th movie, save his final scene with Harry, left much to be desired. He came off as a foolish, short-tempered old man without the slightest hint of wisdom. Finally, with the fifth film, Gambon seemed to have gotten into the swing of things. In this film, Dumbledore is pushed to the forefront as he and Harry explore the mysteries of Voldemort's past. Gambon pulls it off beautifully, and his final scenes with Harry in the cave are heartbreaking.

Another performance worth briefly noting is that of Alan Rickman's Professor Snape, whose usual cold, dark stare has begun to show signs of depth and sadness in this film. Rickman, now knowing his character's fate in the final book, has clearly embraced the tragic figure of this story, and I can't wait to see his final hurrah in the last part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Finally, Tom Felton's Draco Malfoy has been promoted from the status of annoying bully to a conflicted and troubled teen who has been tasked with something that is clearly beyond his ability. Felton pulls it off remarkably well, considering his cartoonish portrayals of Malfoy in the past films, and my hat's off to him. Well done, good sir! You'll be a Jedi yet! Oh!! And before I forget, Jessie Cave gives a fun performance as Ron Weasley's new love interest Lavender Brown. She's appropriately creepy and obnoxiously clingy...just the way the character should be! The only supporting character who doesn't seem up to the challenge is Bonnie Wright's Ginny Weasley, who has graduated to Harry's love interest. She seems remarkably bored the whole time and, despite showing little hints of brilliance here and there, she doesn't do nearly as well as her fellow cast members. Everyone else is in top form here...well done, old chaps!

Despite the focus on character development and the romantic elements of the novel, there are some welcome action sequences, such as the fantastic Quidditch scene in which Ron finally gets to strut his stuff. The big finale in the cave is stunning as well. However, there is no denying that this film, in keeping with the book it's based on, is a stepping stone....a transitional piece in which our love for the characters grow and the threats become remarkably real as characters we've come to know and love begin dying all around our heroes...one major one in particular. Dumbledore's death scene is treated with the respect it deserves, and, despite the fact that the funeral did not make an appearance here (rumor has it, it will be starting the final film), it is still an incredibly emotional affair. Other changes from the book are welcome, including an intense scene involving the Death Eaters attacking the Weasley household, which simultaneously reminds us that no one is safe in the wizarding world anymore, as well as injecting a much needed boost of action into the middle of the film.

We are nearing the end of the series here, and there is a distinct feeling of dread that runs throughout the film's running time, despite the fact that it is funnier and more romantic than any of the previous entries. The PG rating is a joke. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is darker and much more mature than the previous entries. This is not kid's stuff anymore. However, it does prove one thing: the Harry Potter series is in more than capable hands and will finish strongly when Deathly Hallows is finally released. When the big picture is finally complete, the Potter films will stand as one of the finest examples of moviemaking: A blockbuster series that doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity. This is particularly hard to come by these days, and, in the wake of the travesty that was Transformers 2, a big-budget movie that focuses solely on character development is a breath of the freshest air this side of the Mississippi.

In conclusion, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is one of the best movies of the year, and it continues the consistent trend of quality that we've come to associate these movies with....November, 2010 can't come soon enough!!!!!! Aaaaaand, scene!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

After 10 glorious years, the most consistent, high-quality film franchise of all time comes to its monumental and massively satisfying close. And what a close it is. Exciting, thrilling, mind-boggling, and heartbreaking - And often times all at once - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 cements this series as an absolute masterpiece and one of the most extraordinary cinematic achievements EVER.

Little Monsters

haven't seen it for a while

Superman II
Superman II(1981)

cornier than the first Superman, relying more on special effects than substance and story. Still, there's no doubt that Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder's performances are top notch and their chemistry is undeniable.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

maybe...JUST MAYBE...one of the most ridiculous, insane movies I've ever seen in my life. It's definitely better than the first, but, at times, Del Toro tilts the tone of the movie too much into the ridiculous zone to the point where it nearly borders on self parody. That complaint aside, Ron Perlman is amazing, Selma Blair is lively (the complete opposite of her performance in the first), Doug Jones is wonderful, and Del Toro's direction and imagination is unmatched.

Oh, and Jeffrey Tambor is hilarious as always.


Ron Perlman is badass as Hellboy. Plus, Guillermo Del Toro is awesome

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

(Link to review: http://ohhowspiffing.blogspot.com/2012/12/capsule-reviews-life-of-pi-hobbit.html)

I've never had the pleasure of reading Yann Martel's highly acclaimed novel, but if it's anything remotely as revelatory and moving as Ang Lee's adaptation, I shall have to look into rectifying that immediately. Life of Pi never aspires to be anything less than one of the most beautiful films ever made and it succeeds. Following the story of Pi (Suraj Sharma), an open minded young man who's a self-proclaimed Catholic Buddhist as well as a Muslim. His father owns a zoo in India and is highly cynical towards religion. Naturally, his son's fascination with all facets of the subject frustrates him to no end. Pi's father decides to move the family zoo to Canada and, during their journey, a massive thunderstorm hits, sinking the boat and leaving only Pi and a few of the zoo's inhabitants, including a vicious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, as its survivors. And so we pay witness to an incredible tale of survival, courage, and friendship all wrapped up in a universal question: "Does God truly exist?" And if this film is the best argument that one can muster for proof of the existence of God, then God must be rather pleased.

From beginning to end, Ang Lee's adaptation is a visual masterpiece with a profound soul. Its beauty knows no bounds and presents images so stunning that your jaw grow weary of hitting the theater floor. The cinematography by Claudio Miranda is nothing short of majestic. I had the pleasure of catching the film in both 2D and 3D and this is one of the few times I will recommend seeing the 3D version over the 2D. Like Avatar and Hugo it was clearly designed to be viewed in this way.

Performance-wise, everyone is strong across the board - Especially Suraj Sharma as our hero Pi. He practically carries the entire picture on his shoulders as most of the picture involves him acting opposite animals. Speaking of which, I'm not sure which animals were digital as opposed to real-life; the visual effects are easily the best of the year (Eat your heart out, Hobbit) and some of the best I have ever seen.

The effects may make it a front-runner for the Oscar come awards season, but its heart and soul are what make it a transcendent, meaningful work of art and one of the finest pictures of 2012.

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook is this year's The Descendants. For many, that may be enough cause for celebration. For me, it means I must be submitted to another sitcom episode that fancies itself to be a whole lot deeper and more meaningful than it actually is. In my review for the 2011 film directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney, I wrote, "I went into [The Descendants] with high expectations, considering all the acclaim it had been receiving and its best picture nod, but what I witnessed was a cliche-ridden story so full of contrivances and obvious story beats that I couldn't help but be deeply disturbed at all the high praise it's been receiving." The same thing, sadly enough, applies to Silver Linings Playbook, which, while it hasn't officially been nominated for Best Picture, is certainly one of the front runners for a nod.

Performances are strong from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, but the screenplay by David O. Russell is a shallow jumble of one predictable moment after another. My eyes rolled so much that if the only way they could have gotten more of a workout would have been if the film had been in 3D. Thank God it isn't; Russell's direction is headache inducing enough as it is. Every character introduction is graced with a dramatic push-in to close up and the chaotic editing is so confounding that I found myself wishing I was watching Quantum of Solace. Okay, I'm exaggerating. But only a bit. This might actually be the worst directed film I've seen all year and this is a big shame since I've been a fan of Russell's other works, especially The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees.

The whole second act is a dreadful bore, but things wrap up nicely for a wonderfully contrived dance competition, which results in every character getting exactly what they want to the point where I was half expecting to hear an audience laugh/applause track. On second thought, a laugh track might have made the movie more entertaining. At the very least, it would have easily drowned out the sound of my annoyed sighs and groans.

(Link to review: http://ohhowspiffing.blogspot.com/2012/12/capsule-reviews-life-of-pi-hobbit.html)


A failure on every conceivable level. There is nothing remotely thrilling or terrifying about this poorly shot/edited, mind-numbingly boring 'horror' flick. Weak, laughable performances and underwhelming twists only increase this film's amateur 'made-for-TV' nature and one wonders how it managed to find its way to the big screen, let alone spawn such a long-running franchise.

The idea behind 'Saw' is a promising one - A sadistic serial killer kidnaps individuals and places them in death traps that force them to confront their darkest natures and choose whether or not they will save themselves at the expense of another's life or at the expense of their own well being. Seems interesting enough, yet somehow first-time screenwriter Leigh Whannell and first-time director James Wan manage to drain every conceivable creative possibility from this premise and turn it into a by-the-numbers horror flick that is neither smart enough to work as a psychological thriller nor scary enough to work as a generic horror flick. It seems to fall into every possible cliche imaginable, complete with subplots and side characters that have no actual bearing on the story and a main story that is vastly uninteresting.

Even the twists are contrived and uninspired. And speaking of uninspired, how about those performances, eh? Sure, these poor people aren't aided by the truly horrendous dialogue they're spouting, but, good Lord, Cary Elwes sawing off his foot (Oh, come on, this doesn't even count as a spoiler. Everyone knows about this scene by now) may have made me laugh more than anything he did in Robin Hood Men in Tights.

Needless to say, I'm rather glad I've managed to avoid this silly franchise for so long, and I don't intend to delve any deeper into its depths.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Don't know why I like this one more than the other prequels...it FEELS more like a Star Wars movie I suppose

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service has oft been singled out as the ugly duckling of the Bond series and rightly so - It marks a definite change in storytelling and, more drastically, the first time Sean Connery had stepped away from the role to be replaced by first time actor George Lazenby. And while the method of storytelling produces some interesting results, including a more emotionally involving plotline involving Bond's first (and last) marriage, it's less action driven than the previous entries in the Bond canon. This may not have been a bad thing if a more charismatic lead had been cast in the title role, but Lazenby is awkward and lame, never quite filling in the role of James Bond in the way that the role demands. As a result, we get an uneven yet occasionally fascinating oddball entry that, despite not being one of the best the Bond series has to offer, is certainly not the worst.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider(2007)

it would have been much worse if it wasn't one of the best comedies of all time....wait, it wasn't supposed to be funny?

Children of Men

Best movie of 2006, 'nuff said

Casino Royale

Best Bond since Goldfinger...actually...it's the best Bond movie yet


Classic Bond at his best


scariest movie of all time


classic...one of the best sequels around

The Matrix Revolutions

it's not nearly as bad as everyone says...still...that doesn't make it a great movie

The Godfather, Part II

wouldn't call it the best sequel ever...it's a worthy follow up, but the original is still better

The Matrix Reloaded

entertaining simply because the action was insane

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

this movie...as boring as it is...I love it to death

Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home

The Star Trek movie for people who don't like Star Trek

Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country

not half bad...DEFINITELY better than the previous entry

You've Got Mail

I love this movie...Greg Kinnear is quite likeable

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

great movie...one of the best musicals ever

Spy Kids
Spy Kids(2001)

just watched this again recently...pretty funny

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor(2001)

Michael Bay...what more can I say? Stay away...unless you're gay

Batman & Robin

"Vhat killed da dinosahs? DEE ICE AGE!!"


pretty awful...but hilarious

Return to Oz
Return to Oz(1985)

really bizarre...kind of good? I guess?

Jingle All the Way


Ernest Saves Christmas

best Ernest movie evvverrr!!


great soundtrack, mediocre movie

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen


nothing special...Shia LaBeouf makes the movie worth checking out

Kill Bill: Volume 2

2nd Tarantino movie I ever saw...and it's just as awesome as Volume 1 (in a different way, mind you)

Stranger Than Fiction

Will Ferrell in his own serious role...not bad...not great, but Ferrell makes the movie worth checking out

Teen Wolf Too

oh wow...I was really excited to see this...and...yeah...the best part about it is seeing an 18 year old Jason Bateman

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

This movie makes Fantastic Four look like Citizen Kane...maybe that's exaggerating...but this was truly awful

Diamonds Are Forever

worst Connery James Bond movie (not including Never Say Never Again)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

I know it's stupid, but the whole "epicness" of it is just too brilliant to deny (plus...terrible CGI that looked cooler back when we were kids is always nice)

Saving Private Ryan

Greatest war film ever. It's a deeply moving film about the tragedies and triumphs of WWII and war in general.

Battle Royale

One of the most insane movies I've ever seen. It's incredible

A Bridge Too Far

Great cast, but this film was a little bit TOO hollywood for my liking in terms of a war film. A little bit too long as well

Reno 911!: Miami

essentially I paid $10 to watch an overlong episode of the TV show

Air Force One

'get off my plane'...need I say more?

Napoleon Dynamite

I'm really glad I saw this movie before it caught on as the latest fad.

Unfortunately, once it caught on, its best lines were beaten to death by annoying teenagers.

With that said...I thought this movie was incredibly original and very funny. I feel bad for the people who won't get to watch it without hearing their friends' annoying impressions in the back of their minds.

Snakes on a Plane

I wanted to see it sooo badly in theaters, but I missed it. Luckily, fate intervened (in other words, my friends and I rented it)...this movie is so incredibly entertaining. It's stupid, over the top, ridiculous...but that's what I wanted anyway.

Live Free or Die Hard

more fun than any other 'big' summer movie so far this year. Pirates and Spider-Man pale in comparison. The movie I was the most afraid of being disappointed by ended up being the most fun I've had in a theater since Hot Fuzz. It's about time these classic action stars made a come back. Bring on Rambo and Indiana Jones!!

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

One of the greatest, (if not THE greatest) action movies of all time

Die Hard 2
Die Hard 2(1990)

essentially the first movie...only in an airport...and not nearly as good..

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Better than the 2nd, not nearly as good as the first...it's still fun


yeah...it's as bad as you heard

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Greatest action film of all time.

Big Fish
Big Fish(2003)

I'm not a fan of Tim Burton. However, he earned my respect with this truly brilliant film. It's certainly his best movie.

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Amazing...undoubtedly one of the funniest films ever made.

A Mighty Wind

My personal favorite of the Christopher Guest films.


I was unfortunate enough to catch this on television late at night. It may be the worst movie I've ever had the displeasure of seeing

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

People always give a weird look when I say this is one of the best films of all time. I'm used to it by now...people automatically label Star Trek as something geeky and not worthy of greatness (and they would be right for a majority of the things bearing the Star Trek name).

HOWEVER, I also assume that they give me that look because they have not seen this truly great movie. To a Star Trek fan, this is pretty much their wettest dream. To someone who doesn't know the difference between a Vulcan and a Klingon...it's a surprisingly entertaining film.

Even if you don't like Star Trek, give this movie a try...it stands alone as the best film of the Star Trek series and certainly a classic movie by itself.

The Blues Brothers

The funniest movie I have ever seen. It's got everything...comedy, romance, action, music, and more car chases than the Fast and the Furious.

It's one of my top favorites of all time

Jurassic Park

With CGI that was lightyears ahead of its time (and still looks better than the majority of the crap we see in movies today), Spielberg presents to us one of the most exciting and entertaining movies of all time.

This film was one of my main inspirations to become involved in making movies

TRY THIS: hum the theme song during any of your boring, mundane daily routines and it's guaranteed to make them entertaining and bring a smile to your face

Princess Mononoke

without a doubt, it's one of the most beautiful motion pictures I've ever seen, and certainly a landmark in animation as well.

The Graduate
The Graduate(1967)

Words cannot describe how brilliant this movie is. I love it.

Star Wars

Single handedly changed the face of movie making. Quite possibly the most all around entertaining film ever made and certainly deserves its classic status

28 Days Later

first genuinely scary movie I have seen in a while...although its sequel tops it in terms of intensity. Definitely worth checking out

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

so much fun for fans of the video game

Radio Flyer
Radio Flyer(1992)

I have a lot of fond memories of this movie. I'd really like to see it again

Pretty in Pink

pretty decent...Duckie is amazing

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

substitutes the fun of the first two with random and completely pointless ramblings on the 'pirate code'. The film finally gets going during the last 40 minutes...unfortunately, for a nearly 3 hour long movie, that's a little too late.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

so far it's one of the best movies of 2007 and still funnier than pretty much every other movie out there

The Godfather, Part III

A movie that one must endure rather than enjoy. It's nearly 3 hours long and incredibly boring.

When it comes to the performances, Sofia Coppola is (as you no doubt have heard) laughably bad as Michael's daughter. Al Pacino is great as always, but not even he can save this movie.

Though it is certainly not the worst film I've ever seen, it is, with no doubt, a completely unnecessary addition to the Godfather series.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

I still enjoyed it...it's not nearly as original, but the overall fun is still there. Johnny Depp's performance as Cpt. Jack Sparrow is always a plus.


the best Michael Bay movie...well... then again that's not saying alot.

More tedious than fun to watch...by the zillionth transformation, the fun had gone out of the movie. Shia LaBeouf is great as always and the action sequences are pretty cool...but...one good performance and good special effects don't make a good movie.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Alfonso Cuaron was (and still is) the best thing that happened to the Harry Potter film series.

There's no doubt that visually this is the most impressive of the Potter movies.

People who complain about it 'butchering' the book apparently don't understand the concept of an adaptation. This was the first TRUE adaptation of the Harry Potter film series, capturing the mood of the book perfectly and dramatically improving upon everything presented to us in the first two movies.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

all star cast...it may very well be Tarantino's best movie, although I'm very partial to Kill Bill.

The Godfather

a classic in every sense of the word...it's still one of the best films out there


hilarious, completely original...Wes Anderson cements himself as one of the best and most creative filmmakers of our generation

Monsters, Inc.

what's not to enjoy about a movie like this?

The Blair Witch Project

it was actually really frightening

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

It's such a great follow up to the first one. This is the "action movie" of the trilogy. Helm's Deep is by far one of the greatest (if not the greatest) battle sequences ever captured on celluloid

The Royal Tenenbaums

It's as hilarious as it is genuinely moving. It is probably my favorite of Wes Anderson's films...but it's so hard to choose.

Rocky III
Rocky III(1982)

this is where the Rocky movies went downhill and became unnecessary. Either way, this movie wasn't all bad. Apollo training Rocky to fight Clubber Lang was great. Plus...this movie gave us the brilliant song "Eye of the Tiger"

Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa(2006)

Ends the Rocky franchise the way it should have ended.

First Blood
First Blood(1982)

This movie was excellent! One of the best action movies out there.


Say it with me now, "Ruuuudy, Ruuuudy, Ruuuudy!"



Kill Bill: Volume 1

First Tarantino film I ever saw....and it's awesome

The Incredibles

2nd best Pixar movie...right after Toy Story

Rambo: First Blood Part II

replaces the drama and stealth action of the original Rambo with lots of explosions and corny dialogue. Not to mention, it included a VERY stereotypical attractive female Chinese sidekick who doesn't look OR sound convincingly Chinese. Her lines sound like Cameron and Stallone wrote complete sentences and then took out random words because 'that's how Chinese people speak English...right?'

Other than that...this is a ridiculous action movie and I did enjoy it despite that fact.

The Warriors
The Warriors(1979)

cult classic. It's over the top and at times corny but there's no doubt that its style and action is just too much fun to ignore

The Bourne Identity

I wasn't expecting much going into it, but it ended up being one of the best action/spy thrillers I've ever seen.

The Bourne Supremacy

a little slower paced than the first, but this is a minor complaint. When the action is there...it's great. The car chase actually managed to equal, if not top, the brilliant chase from the first movie


too cool to not enjoy


very original and thought provoking...even if most of the time I had no idea what was going on

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Single handedly changed the face of movie making. Quite possibly the most all around entertaining film ever made and certainly deserves its classic status

Requiem for a Dream

probably the most disturbing movie I've ever seen...but brilliant, nonetheless

Rush Hour 3
Rush Hour 3(2007)

not nearly as good as the first two...I think the bloopers were better than the movie itself

High School Musical 2

yes, indeed, I enjoyed the first one...so, of course, I expected this to fall under the typical Disney sequel category...which usually tends to be along the terrible side. I was pleasantly surprised. It actually ended up being just as entertaining as the original

Blades of Glory

at the very least it's really funny. That's really all I can ask for when it comes to a movie like this

High School Musical

It's, at once, unoriginal, corny, ridiculous, and completely Disney channel-esque. However, there is something incredibly endearing about it that I can't help but love. Plus, it's enthusiastically performed and incredibly catchy (which is always a plus when it comes to musicals)

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Not particularly amazing...but it was certainly interesting


Myyy goodness. This is far and away the funniest movie of 2007....it may even be my favorite movie of the year...it's incredible!!!!!

Stop Making Sense

Best concert film of all time. Nothing beats the Talking Heads live at their musical and artistic peak


quite possibly the best animated film of all time

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

I was not expecting to enjoy this at all. At the time I saw it I wasn't a HUGE fan of Dave Chappelle, having only seen a few episodes of his show. Also, I could care less about hip-hop. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. It's one of the best documentaries I've seen and I gained a huge amount of respect for the hip hop music industry AND Mr. Dave Chappelle...I'm now a huge fan of both.

(and it was directed by Michel Gondry! No wonder I enjoyed it so much!)

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up(2007)

Imagine Crank....now imagine it with a GOOD sense of humor, more clever/better action scenes, and the brilliant Clive Owen. That's Shoot 'Em Up in a nutshell. Not the greatest movie ever, but certainly some decent entertainment

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

hilarious, touching, one of the best films of 2007...and to answer the movie poster's question...I'd get a full on robot chubby

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

arguably Tom Hanks' best performance (he's got the Oscar to prove it) and truly one of the greatest motion pictures of all time


Very impressive. Great acting from Cruise and Foxx (no surprise there) and some great direction by the brilliant Michael Mann adds up to a pretty excellent thriller

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

one of the most kick ass, groundbreaking movies of the past decade. After the last two left such a bad taste in people's mouths, it's refreshing to revisit the original classic


Not only the most epic superhero film ever made, but it's still the best.


yes I love Jonah Hill, and Justin Long isn't bad either.....other than that....well....yeah

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

It's not nearly as good as the first...and some complained it was way too violent, but, come on...this movie SINGLE-HANDEDLY gave us the PG-13 rating...and it's Indiana Jones for crying outloud!

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

a completely unexpected hit of summer 2003. It definitely deserved its critical and financial success. It's a lot of fun.

School of Rock

I can't believe it took me so long to see this movie (seeing as how Richard Linklater, Jack Black, and Mike White are all awesome)IT WAS AMAAAZING!!

The Silence of the Lambs

Deeply unsettling and chilling....it's excellent

Rambo III
Rambo III(1988)

nooo, Rambo, whyyyy???

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

brilliant. Jack Nicholson's best performance

The Shawshank Redemption

remarkable in every sense of the word

North by Northwest

Funny and exciting. It's one of Hitchcock's best. Cary Grant is excellent and Eva Marie Saint is a baaaabe!!


powerful. Great performances from Hanks and Washington

Sin City
Sin City(2005)

Stylized, glorified, bonafide bad assness.


This movie is an insult to cinema, but a brilliant addition to my 'movies to make fun of' collection

Superman: Doomsday

not bad at all...a little corny...and too much happened for one movie (maybe it could have been a trilogy like the series?)

American Beauty

a remarkable movie...Kevin Spacey delivers his best performance yet

The Usual Suspects

EXCELLENT 'whodunnit' movie from the wonderful Bryan Singer

Rebel Without a Cause

James Dean is excellent...this movie...uh...not so much

Waking Life
Waking Life(2001)

It is, quite literally, a fasciniating work of art

Stand by Me
Stand by Me(1986)

classic coming of age story...my personal favorite of Rob Reiner's films (Spinal Tap and A Few Good Men follow closely)

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

oooh my....I am truly ashamed that I didn't see this in theaters

Can't Hardly Wait

kind of stupid but it wasn't awful

The Squid and the Whale

I'm going to have to eat the words of my previous review. I revisited this movie recently and I finally 'got it'.

Before, I complained it was unlikeable and messed up...yes, it is messed up. But, that's the beauty of it.


decent fantasy flick...it was fun

Before Sunrise

One of the best movies ever made (topped only by its truly amazing sequel)

It's a great feeling to finally not have to describe a love story as 'stupid' or 'corny', but as 'genuine', 'moving', and even 'thought-provoking'

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

top contender for the greatest action movie of all time.

Lethal Weapon

EXCELLENT action movie. I can't wait to see the others!!

Lethal Weapon 2

not as good as the first, but still some excellent entertainment

Lethal Weapon 3

Once again...not as good as the first...probably not as good as the second...but tons of fun regardless


absolutely terrifying but incredibly fun


very creepy horror classic

American Gangster

Excellent mob movie...I definitely won't be surprised if this one gets a few nods around oscar season.

The Darjeeling Limited

as visually spectacular as any of Wes Anderson's films. This may be my least favorite of his movies (I have yet to see Bottle Rocket), but, regardless, this was a very good movie

A Clockwork Orange

sooo bizarre and messed up. I loved every minute of it....even if it did get really slow during the last half

Lethal Weapon 4

ahh! YES!! Surprisingly enough, this is the best of the Lethal Weapon sequels.
Maybe it's because there was 6 years between this and the previous entry so there was more time to think of a story...but yeah...for whatever reason I really enjoyed this and it's a great way to end the series

A Scanner Darkly

More rotoscoping from one of my favorites, Richard Linklater! Not his best, but not bad either...definitely interesting to watch and experience.


I believe this is Linklater's first feature length film. There's no definite plot, but it's interesting. The story (or lack thereof) is very Linklater-esque. Basically, we follow a bunch of different 'slackers' around, each with their own story and beliefs. They're always engaged in conversation with someone else who is completely new to the ideas they're presenting.

While it's certainly really cool to see one of Linklater's earliest movies, overall, it's just not that interesting. The people who have something interesting to say are outnumbered by the ramblings of people who just aren't that fascinating. Acting wise it's VERY amateurish, but the one-shot sequences Linklater pulls off are really impressive.

Overall, not bad, but not great...if you're a fan of Linklater, I definitely recommend checking it out.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The final chapter of the greatest movie ever. It's the most spectacular film I've ever seen and I highly doubt I will see anything as magnificent as it again.

Say what you want about its length, but let's not forget about Titanic...a 4 hour movie that spent 3 hours developing a sappy love story before getting to the point. Yes, there are also the much debated 'multiple endings'. However, let's also not forget this is the conclusion to a 9 hour story (12 hours, if you're watching the extended). Jackson and co. had every right to wrap the trilogy up in the most fulfilling way possible. When you look at it that way, it's just complaining about too much of a good thing.

This film is, without a doubt, the most fulfilling ending to any movie trilogy.


Completely unoriginal (it's basically 1984 and the Matrix rolled into one), but I can't deny that I was entertained by it.


Brad Bird and Pixar once again deliver an excellent movie.


another excellent thriller from Christopher Nolan

Dan in Real Life

It's not bad, but not brilliant either...Steve Carrell pretty much makes the movie worth the while

28 Weeks Later...

watched it again recently, and it wasn't nearly as good as I remember it....definitely nowhere NEAR the quality of the first...but still...it's not too shabby.

Good Will Hunting

One of the best examples of a movie that SHOULD have won best picture in 1997 instead of Titanic

Good Night, And Good Luck

Though well made, the lack of any form of momentum kind of takes away from the enjoyment of it

Spirited Away

This may be my favorite animated film of all time (in the running with Akira and Princess Mononoke)


Spider-Man is one of those movies that seems to have numerous flaws, and yet, you can't help but forgive them and enjoy the movie anyway. When it comes to the movie as a whole, the good definitely outweighs the bad.

Though it is a bit corny (partially the fault of writer David Koepp, who apparently thinks people actually talk like this), the movie holds its ground by staying true to the story of the comics.

I believe there are two reasons why this movie works so well. One is the genuine performance by Tobey Maguire as our hero, and two is Sam Raimi's obvious love for Spider-Man. Working together, they made the first superhero film whose real character was BEHIND the mask.

Willem Dafoe gives a fitting over the top performance as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. He's always fun to watch.

Kirsten Dunst does what she does best by being hot and stuff. Her acting skills show themselves at random spurts throughout the movie. Other times she's just...yeah...a babe.

James Franco, I love him to death, but lately he seems to sleepwalk through all his roles (Freaks and Geeks was and still is the best performance he's ever given).

J.K. Simmons is absolutely brilliant as J. Jonah Jameson, embodying the character perfectly and hilariously.

This movie took forever to get to the big screen. Was it worth the wait? Well, no, but once again, this depends on how you look at it. Some scenes work very well (Peter Parker chasing the burglar after his uncle's death). Some...not so much ("Save my baby, please!!" and "Those eyes, those horrible yellow eyes!")

Regardless, it's all so genuine that you can't help but feel that Raimi means well. What the movie lacks in action, it makes up for in heart. Spider-Man 2 would go on to multiply both factors by 100.

Road to Perdition

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that reminds you exactly why you love movies in the first place. Road to Perdition is one of the best examples of this. Beautiful cinematography, breathtaking score, brilliant acting and story...it's truly one of the greatest films of the past decade and one of my top favorites


INCREDIBLY boring. I don't know why Zemeckis has felt the need to computer generate all his movies lately. It's kind of annoying to see semi-realistic actors giving semi-realistic emotions, but never quite succeeding.

It had an excellent climax, but other than that....it was pretty dull. I'm glad I saw it in 3-D, otherwise it would have been worse.

Ocean's Thirteen

I like the first two more...still...this was a lot of fun

National Treasure

It's dumb, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't entertaining at times

Star Wars: Holiday Special

my Lord....this is what hell must be

Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn(2007)

pretty good. Christian Bale is amazing as always.

Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer finally gave Batman a movie worthy of his name. They understood that the man BEHIND the mask was just as fascinating.

Christian Bale is the best Batman, no questions asked. He brings a humanity to the role that has never been seen in previous incarnations. Suddenly, Bruce Wayne is a three-dimensional character as opposed to 'the guy we have to tolerate in order to get to the Batman scenes'. Not only that, but he kicks ass in the suit as well as out of it.

The supporting cast is INCREDIBLY strong (The likes of Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, and Cilian Murphy)

Not only is it the best Batman movie or even one of the greatest superhero films...it was the best film of 2005 and one of my personal favorites of all time.

It made me love Batman again, and I will be eternally grateful to the cast and crew for this.

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

one of the funniest and most upbeat movies I've ever seen. It was excellent!!

I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)

It was very well done up until the halfway point...from then on it kind of gave up on itself and settled for the typical cliche ending. Will Smith was excellent, as always, but as one critic stated, "I liked it better when it was called '28 Days Later'"

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

before Batman Begins was released, this was the definitive Batman movie. Despite the fact that it was animated, it was SO much better than the other four Batman movies.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

If I had to choose one movie that has inspired me to become a filmmaker, I would narrow it down to Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. In the end, the Lord of the Rings would probably wind up with the title.

This movie amazed and captivated me in a way that I'm sure will never occur in a movie theater again

Death Proof
Death Proof(2007)

This was a lot of fun. More than anything, it made me wish I had seen Grindhouse in theaters. Now I have a huge crush on Zoe Bell, and I can't wait to see Planet Terror.


simply put, it's an immensely enjoyable experience.


I didn't see it while it was out but judging from the two separately, I'm assuming this would have probably been one of the most enjoyable experiences I could have had in a theater


absolutely amazing. In my humble opinion, it was the best picture of 2007. The soundtrack is brilliant.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

FINALLY! I have seen a Scorsese film that I was not only impressed with, but I actually enjoyed it as well. This is my favorite of his.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

Not Scorsese's best, but his film about the life of boxer Jake LaMotta is certainly one of his most impressive and memorable. De Niro and Pesci's scenes together are some of the best in the movie aside from the visually stunning fights.

The Boondock Saints

overrated...it's a Tarantino wannabe that has neither the smarts nor the interesting characters. Willem Dafoe is the best part of this awful movie.

George Lucas in Love

very, very funny. Great for any fan of Star Wars

2001: A Space Odyssey

Incredibly epic....and mind numbingly slow. But I suppose that was the intention. I found it fascinating.

Midnight Cowboy

Impressive performances from the leads, but the film tries to be too weird for its own good. The story was also much too weak to hold my interest.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

What's not to love about the combination of Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra?

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

hooray for Jimmy Stewart saving the day in a wheechair!!


this movie is such a brilliant classic. I love it.

Lawrence of Arabia

sure it was brilliantly epic, but overall I just found it to be boring

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. is my favorite film of Steven Spielberg's. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I like it better than Indiana Jones, Schindler's List, Jaws, or any of his other classic films. It's in my top five films of all time and the more I reflect on it, the more I think it may be my favorite. It is one of the only movies that, without fail, never gets old. It's also one of the only movies that consistently has me sobbing like a baby by the end.

Maybe, it's the brilliant performances of the three kids. Henry Thomas as Elliot gives what is probably the best child performance of all time. It's certainly one of my favorite performances in any movie. It's incredibly genuine. As far as we're concerned, there's no acting involved. All his feelings and emotions are real. It's remarkable that he was only 10 at the time.

Drew Barrymore is all young and cute just like a little sister should be. I'd also like to note the constantly overlooked performance of the older brother Michael by Robert MacNaughton (or Tim Salotto, for those of you who know him, he looks EXACTLY like him!!) His performance as the older brother is pitch perfect. The scene between he and Elliot as he swears 'the most excellent promise he can make' never fails to make me laugh. ("He came back? He came...back?? OOH MY GOD!!!") Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote hold down the fort as the only two adults giving performances in the movie, and they're both fantastic. Peter Coyote adds a humanity to his character that it certainly needed. It's refreshing that the 'bad guy' is actually not bad at all.

And then there's E.T. himself. I recently went back and watched the original 1982 version of the film WITHOUT the added CG face effects. The performance these puppeteers got out of this thing is amazing. By the end, we've fallen as much in love with him as Elliot and the children have. And although I understand why Spielberg added those little touch ups for the special edition, it's almost a slap in the face to the fantastic work put into making E.T.'s performance just as real as anyone else's.

Of course, in the end, the two people who end up being the most responsible for the emotional impact of this film are Spielberg himself and John Williams.

Williams gives us one of the best film scores of all time. It's beyond amazing. It hits all the right emotions at all the right times and always pushes me over the edge from tearful viewer to blubbering idiot.

Spielberg has been blamed for 'being too manipulative'. My question is...WHO GIVES A SHIT?? That's the POINT of this movie. It's MEANT to be manipulative! We're SUPPOSED to cry! That's something we need every once in a while! Something that can pull us out of the cynical adult feelings of our lives and put us back in touch with our inner-child. Spielberg is a master of that, and it's what makes this film magical and such an enduring classic.

Spielberg has stated that this is his most personal film, dealing with the divorce of his parents and i can certainly see why and, also coming from a divorced family, I can completely relate. Maybe that's why this film moves me so much. Regardless, there is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the finest motion pictures ever made, Spielberg's best, and one of my all time favorites.


wow...just...wow...when I've recovered my nerves and my aching bowels, I will post a better review

A Hard Day's Night

Definitely a must see for any Beatles fan.

The Mighty Ducks

ahhh my childhood is ruined...I watched this again and realized how truly awful it is....this is a sad day...it will always have sentimental value, and the kids are pretty awesome, but...I...I....I just...I can't...no more

The Shining
The Shining(1980)


Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

I cannot accurately describe, in words, how I feel about this movie. I don't think I could do it justice. It is without a doubt one of my favorite films of all time. It's remarkably beautiful...Michel Gondry is a genius director. Charlie Kaufman is one of the best screenwriters in this day and age. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet both turn in outstanding performances.

The Science of Sleep

It's such a fascinating and beautiful movie. Gael Garcia Bernal is amazing. He perfectly embodies his character. The story is a whimsical and heartbreaking journey. Michel Gondry is one of my all time favorite directors. Of course, I highly recommend multiple viewings in order to fully appreciate this magnificent film.

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)

Yes, this did steal the Best Picture Oscar from its rightful owner (Star Wars), but it's still a good movie! I mean...it's quite pretentious and all, but it's endearing in its unique way.

For Your Consideration

as a fan of Christopher Guest's work, it's unfortunate that this movie was more disappointing than anything else

The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo)

Brilliant and frightening movie. Del Toro's 2nd best after Pan's Labyrinth.


probably not as good as A Hard Day's Night, but it's still a lot of fun.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

the chemistry of Sean Connery and Harrison Ford as father and son really makes the movie. Not as good as Raiders, but probably better than Temple of Doom.

Superman Returns

Other than one of my best friends, I am the biggest fan of Superman that I know. I grew up with this character as my hero. The concept of a man who could fly and used his amazing powers for good was just what appealed to me at that age (plus, the colorful suit was pretty cool...even now red and blue remain my favorite colors). As I've gotten older, my love of Superman has resulted in getting made fun of by pretty much every 'cool' kid (note the quotes) I came into contact with.

"Superman is gay...YOU'RE gay."

"Superman sucks. He's such a pansy. He's an overgrown boyscout. He's gay...and so are you."

"Superman's a fag. Batman's awesome.....and YOU'RE A BITCH!!"

Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but you get the basic idea. The reason I loved the character of Superman so much is that he really is the ultimate hero. He has all these powers and he uses them to help others. His character is inspiring. Batman is fueled by the guilt of his parents' death. Spider-Man is fueled by the death of his uncle. Every superhero is fueled by some sort of death and guilt. Superman is the only character who does what he does, because he believes it's the right thing to do. He's just looking out for everybody.

Now, I am aware of the character's shortcomings. The fact that he's invincible really takes away from any suspense in his stories. His comics were never that great to begin with (there are a few exceptions). He really is a boring character. HOWEVER, taken in small doses, Superman really is terrific entertainment. The greatest proof of this is the 1978 Richard Donner-directed 'Superman: the Movie', starring Christopher Reeve. It's the quintessential superhero film, perfectly blending the comics with a sense of humor, terrific visuals, and some great action scenes. When Bryan Singer was attached to direct the new Superman movie and mentioned he would be keeping to the spirit of the Donner film, I couldn't have been more excited.

So, it was with great hope and anticipation that I awaited Bryan Singer's Superman Returns. Once and for all, the 'cool kids' at school would understand why I loved Superman. In the same way that Batman Begins saved Batman's film career, Superman Returns would revitalize this iconic hero. Not only that, but, in the same way I anticipated seeing 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' in theaters, I would FINALLY get to see one of my favorite characters on the big screen for the first time. Needless to say, Singer had a lot to live up to.

I also loved the concept of the story. Superman has been gone for five years. He returns to find a jaded world that has learned to live without him. It seemed to reflect the real world's opinion of him. What's the point of Superman? Also, Lois Lane, his 'true love' has moved on and gotten engaged to Richard White, her boss' nephew. They have a son together. Sucks to be Superman. But, really, this gave the potential for a much more meaningful glimpse into his character. How would he react to something like this happening? How would he attempt to fit in? Would he find a way to win Lois back? Should he even try now that she's happy with a family? I had to wait what seemed like forever before I got an answer. But, finally, June 30 arrived.

So, how did the movie fare?

Honestly, I loved it. As a Superman fan I felt it perfectly blended all aspects of the character and portrayed them in a fantastic way. It took inspiration from the comics, movies, TV shows, EVERYTHING!! It was a completely nostalgic experience, and better than all the Superman sequels that followed the 1978 original. Plus, hearing that wonderful John Williams' in all its surround sound glory was just sensational (The Williams' Superman theme is the best superhero theme of all time. 'Nuff said.)

Let's start with the acting. Here are the pros:
Brandon Routh. He had a lot to live up to. I was always rooting for him. He genuinely seemed to want to do justice to the character and he LOOKED the part. After seeing the movie, it was evident that he really was the best choice for the role. He brings a deeper emotional element to the character that hasn't really been seen before. This is mainly due to the nature of the story, but, he pulls it off really well for his big screen debut. His portrayal of Clark Kent is also perfect. Bumbling, clueless, comical...it's great. It reminded me very much of Christopher Reeve.

Kevin Spacey is fantastic as Lex Luthor. He is much more sinister than Gene Hackman's portrayal in the 1978 movie, but he manages to keep a bit of the humor as well.

Sam Huntington as Jimmy is another perfect casting choice. He's great comic relief and, thus far, the best portrayal of the character.

Last, but certainly not least, James Marsden. He's playing what could have been a really two-dimensional character: Lois Lane's new boyfriend who has taken the place of Superman in her life. It could have been easy to root against him. But, thanks to Singer's direction and his fantastic acting, he brings a very human, relatable element to the character. You almost feel bad for him having to watch his girlfriend struggle to decide who she really loves. He is probably the best developed character of the whole movie after Superman.

This brings me to my main issue with the movie: Kate Bosworth's portrayal of Lois Lane. First of all, I'm in love with Kate. I think she's one of the most beautiful and talented girls in the industry. However, she was just not right for this part. She doesn't have any of the upbeat mannerisms that a top-notch reporter such as Lois Lane should have. She didn't even research the character, wanting to develop her 'own interpretation based on the script.' While it was a noble effort, it really doesn't help her performance, and it ends up hurting the relationship between Lois and Superman. The connection works at times (rooftop sequence), but other times it's just not there (nearly every other scene in the movie).

Another issue of mine is the fact that this story doesn't really push anything forward. It's kind of a remake of the original 1978 Superman movie than its own vehicle. Bryan Singer was a little TOO faithful to his idol, Richard Donner. The devotion helps the film at times, but at others it really just slows things down (haven't we seen Lois and Superman do their flying scene a million times? How many times do we have to watch Lex Luthor form an evil plan only for the sake of getting more land? ANOTHER earthquake?? SERIOUSLY?? Lex beats Superman with Kryptonite...again...not to mention he throws Superman into another body of water afterwards.)

The film is also low on action sequences, focusing more on the emotional, dramatic aspects of Superman. This didn't bother me that much, seeing as how I love the character. Still, in a big budget summer movie, we should have a LITTLE bit more fun. The airplane crash sequence is just breathtaking. It really is one of the coolest scenes to come out of any movie in a while. Still, I understand people's complaints that the movie was too long and boring. It gets REALLY dramatic in the last half-hour too, to the point where the movie is almost too depressing.

Another aspect I didn't like was how Singer completely threw away the concept of society not embracing Superman right away. Lois seems to be the only one who gives him the cold shoulder. It would have been better to see a bit more bitterness from the citizens of Metropolis. It would have added a little more depth to Superman's feelings of isolation.


I'm not sure how to feel about Superman having a kid. If it's treated carefully, it could be an interesting new addition to the story of Supes'. Otherwise, it just seems to be a bit desperate on the story department's part.


In the end though, the true purpose of this movie was really quite simple. Bryan Singer set out to make a movie that introduced new people to the legend of Superman as well as keep true to the original film. In essence, it doesn't move the story forward that much because its purpose was simply to re-establish Superman in today's culture.

If Bryan Singer ever does end up doing the sequel, I hope he makes it his own thing. In the same way that X-Men 2 kicked the shit out of the first, I want the Superman sequel to blast Superman Returns out of the water. ALSO!! Can't we bring in a supervillain?? We need to see Superman duke it out with someone as powerful as he is. It would certainly add to the excitement.

So, to sum it all up. Superman Returns is a nostalgic tribute to one of America's greatest heroes. It keeps true to the character and introduces a few new interesting ideas to the legend. HOWEVER, it is bogged down by a lack of originality and an overlong running time. Even with those flaws, being a Superman fan, I still found it to be an enjoyable movie. Hopefully, the next film will focus on recruiting new fans as opposed to just focusing on the existing ones.

P.S. to all the kids who still think Superman is dumb....Batman may be awesome and Spider-Man is easy to relate to as well as really cool, but if ONE superhero could exist in the real world, only an idiot would choose anyone but Superman. Can Batman or Spider-Man stop a falling plane? Didn't think so. Knowing that Superman was taking care of everything would be a much more comforting thought.

The Man with the Golden Gun

Roger Moore's second outing wasn't nearly as bad as Live and Let Die. HOWEVER, it was still pretty awful.

Free Willy
Free Willy(1993)

kind of corny...basically it's E.T. with a whale...but it's still good...PLUS..."Will You Be There?" by Michael Jackson?? FANTASTIC!!

Rambo (Rambo IV)

somewhere in between Rambo II and III. It's pretty stupid and ridiculously gory. It tries to be way too serious for its own good.


I distinctly remember loving the trailer for this movie and hoping that it would be good. It seemed like a really unique and fun idea, despite the fact that most Disney movies in this day and age are lacking both aspects. Unfortunately, even though the movie ended up getting fabulous reviews, I never found the time to see it in theaters. I had the pleasure of watching it for the first time a few days ago and I absolutely loved it.

It starts off with the perfectly cheesy Disney animated opening. The princess, Giselle (Amy Adams), is searching for her true love so they can embrace and partake in 'true love's first kiss'. The prince (one of my favorites, James Marsden) ends up saving her and they fall in love instantly by finishing each other's lyrics in the duet they are singing. Unfortunately, the prince's evil step-mother (or real mother?? I think it was the step-mother) has other plans. For, if her son is married, he will claim the throne and she must not have this happen! So, she sends Giselle to the most horrific world of all!.....OUR world. She ends up meeting a lawyer and and his daughter, who decide to help her out and...uh...well...I'm sure everyone knows the story so I'll just skip to the review (mainly because I'm lazy and I don't feel like re-telling everything).

I was delighted that everything works from the very beginning of the movie. This is partially due to the BRILLIANT cast that has been assembled for this movie. Amy Adams...well, what can I say...I'm in love with her (but who isn't now a days?). She is the perfect embodiment of the Disney princess character. Though she's a bit annoying at the beginning, by the end, she has won over all of our hearts, including that of Patrick Dempsey's character. Dempsey was my favorite character of the whole movie. He is the every man just trying to do what's best for his daughter. After some bad experiences with his first wife, he wants to get married to his new girlfriend of five years, but wants to make sure that his daughter is okay with it first. Dempsey uses his talents to instill the perfect amount of humanity into this character. His performance really works well. The chemistry between he and Adams is wonderful. Also, James Marsden as the prince is just plain hilarious. I'm already a fan of this actor (he's great in Superman Returns and the X-Men movies, doing a lot with very little), and it was a delight to watch him show off his comedic talents.

I also LOVED the music and dance numbers in this movie, especially the "How Does He Know" sequence. I thought Dempsey's reaction to the spontaneous song and dance number was pitch perfect. I was cracking up the whole time.

Overall, the best compliment I can give this movie is that it had me smiling the whole way through and even after it was over. It's always a real pleasure to watch a family film that doesn't just appeal to the kids (there's a reason FAMILY films are called FAMILY films).

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

watching this movie is a constantly rewarding experience. It took me 3 viewings to finally fully appreciate this and I have a feeling that the next time I watch it I'll enjoy it even more

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

I am not going to lie...even though this movie is incredibly dumb, I was laughing the whole way through. It's fantastic.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

In film/technical terms, this is a far better movie than the first. Andrew Adamson has obviously learned a lot from the first movie, and has applied his new skills to this one. Likewise for the kids. They've also improved greatly. It's a real joy to watch them grow up.

However, narratively, there really just isn't much to boast about (this is more C.S. Lewis' fault than the film writers'). But, Adamson and his team do a lot with a little, and succeed...maybe not always with flying colors, but I was too entertained to notice.

As a side note, there really is no denying that these films really are Lord of the Rings for a younger generation. In metaphorical terms...if LOTR is the ultimate roller coaster in the whole theme park, Narnia is the kid's roller coaster. It's still fun, but it really just can't compare with the thrill of the best. With that said, I'd also like to point out that the movies are starting to hit their stride and will hopefully be more comfortable when Michael Apted takes over for Dawn Treader.


a very good movie, despite the fact that it is a tad bit overrated. The acting is amazing and it really is an enjoyable film.


a fitting conclusion to a TV show that deserved a longer life

The Happening

Without a doubt, the worst movie I have seen in theaters so far this year...but it's not without its benefits. M. Night Shyamalan trades credibility as a filmmaker in order to give us some of the biggest laughs of ANY movie!!

My advice to you, the potential watcher of this truly awful movie, is simple. Take a group of your best friends and get ready for a roller coaster ride of non stop laughter! You will be less upset if you go into the movie expecting it to be laughably bad than if you actually take it seriously.


sooo boring...but not the worst superhero movie

The Incredible Hulk

what's this??? A Hulk movie with no boring character reflection moments? No artsy intentions or ridiculous overuse of comic book split screening? No flashbacks? No dull moments between actors who seem like their direction was simply 'act bored'? This is unheard of! Since when is a Hulk movie actually supposed to be entertaining? Since when does the Hulk actually SMASH things or fight super villains and the whatnot? I cannot believe the Hulk actually shows up within a half hour of the running time!! What is this confoundery?? What kind of world are we living in??

Well apparently it's a world where someone in the film business actually got smart and realized that people don't go to a Hulk movie to be bored to death....they want to see some shit explode!! They want to see Hulk SMASH!!! Well my friends, this new movie delivers that in spades!! GREEN spades (yes, these lame references will continue to appear throughout the review).

The original Hulk film took nearly an hour before our hero was revealed in all his green glory...and that was NOT a good thing. The movie was boring as balls. Everyone involved acted like they were more bored than high school kids in the midst of their class lectures. The new film corrects this problem. Right away, it's apparent we're in for a much more action packed experience that spends little time with exposition or character development (for better or for worse).

Unfortunately, though this lack of dull moments is definitely the film's biggest strength, it also acts as a double-edged sword. It seems that in the attempt to deliver a more 'true to its comic roots' Hulk film, director Louis Leterrier and co., decided to get rid of anything that could potentially slow the movie down...such as fleshing out characters or a more intelligent story. They went a little bit TOO far cranking up the action at the expense of plot and characters...but...OH WELL!! With a lead as good as Edward Norton, it's hard to complain. He really does make the movie with his spot on interpretation of Bruce Banner. The other performances range from good to 'meh'. Tim Roth is a close 2nd with his performance as Blonsky/Abomination. William Hurt and Liv Tyler mostly contribute to the 'meh' factor, turning in lackluster performances. The writing and direction also leave a bit to be desired, but it's alright. With so many entertaining action sequences, the movie really does deliver on the promises of a more fun filled Hulk movie. And that's really all people wanted anyway.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

The perfect way to start the summer season. The best superhero movie since Batman Begins (I consider that to be one of the best, so this is high praise). Robert Downey Jr. is simply unbeatable. I can't wait for the next one!! This one is definitely going to be on my favorites of 2008 list.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Alright, I've seen it twice and my review still stands:

It could have been worse...but it SHOULD have been better.

If anything, this is just a prime example of how Spielberg and Lucas have lost their magic. Isn't it odd that two of the most experienced filmmakers have delivered one of the least impressive movies of the summer?

Lars and the Real Girl

A fantastic, touching movie. Ryan Gosling is one of the best and quickly becoming one of my favorites. The soundtrack was amazing as well.

The X-Files - Fight the Future

man oh man...it must have been amazing to be an X-Files fan during the summer of '98. Even if you'd been disappointed by the somewhat underwhelming season 5 finale, there's no denying that it was worth it just to get this fantastic film to bridge the gap between seasons 5 and 6. For fans of the X-Files, this is a must see addition to the exciting mythology story arc of the amazing series.

The film is essentially an extended mythology episode with a bigger budget. This is both its strength and its weakness. As a fan of the X-Files, I really enjoyed the story that was told here, but if you've never seen an episode before, or you're not up to date on the mythology arc, chances are you'll be completely lost. My only other complaint is that this really only serves as a bridge between seasons 5 and 6. This is cool in some ways, but then again, it means that the movie is more of a preview for what's to come than an actual stand alone movie.

These are just small complaints though. Overall, it's fun, exciting, and even includes appearances by all your favorite characters from the TV show (INCLUDING the Lone Gunmen!!). If you're a fan of the show, there's no doubt that you'll enjoy the movie.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)

ooooh Mulder and Scully....where did you go wrong?? After 6-7 years of not being around, this is the best story that Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz could come up with?? WTF??? This is even worse than the incredibly disappointing story behind Indy 4!!

So, basically, imagine the worst, most boring episode of X Files ever minus a remotely interesting monster. Add a completely pointless subplot about a dying boy with a disease to add some meaningless melodrama, and then subtract any potential for suspense. That's pretty much the new movie in a nutshell. I feel like this was more of an attempt to see if any of the fans care enough to dish out the money to see this awful film. Hopefully it will make enough money to redeem itself with another film (a mythology related one according to Carter). But then again, this movie was so bad it just made me want them to stop before they ruin the beauty of the series completely.

So, to sum it all up: WORST. EPISODE. EVER.

P.S. If you have never watched an episode of the X Files and are wondering what the fuss is all about, PLEASE, by all means avoid this movie like the plague and watch the brilliant TV show.


deeply depressing but brilliant film about the life and tragic death of Ian Curtis, lead singer of the amazing Joy Division.

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

I liked it just as much as the first one. It was pretty fucking hilarious.

Beverly Hills Cop II

For some reason I didn't like this much as a kid....but I got a chance to watch it again recently and was pleased to see that it was actually a worthy successor to the first. It's a little unbalanced in terms of humor and action, and, as a result, it doesn't succeed in the same ways that the first one did. Still, it's pure entertainment and I enjoyed it.


borrows a lot from other well known sci-fi movies (Alien and 2001 especially), but manages to become its own unique experience thanks to the brilliant visuals from Danny Boyle and co. along with the talented cast. The only complaint I have is that the movie undoes itself near the end with the completely random introduction of the 'monster'. It's introduced as another effective obstacle, but, I don't know...it just seemed completely out of the blue and a little unnecessary. Other than that, it's a brilliant sci-fi drama.

The Dark Knight

I'm pretty much positive that I can't describe how amazing this movie is. By now everyone's already heard about how deserving the movie is of any Oscars or other awards it will certainly be nominated for. There's no doubt that Heath Ledger deserves the Best Supporting Actor nomination at the very least. His performance is literally jaw-dropping. But, something that's constantly being neglected is the mention of the brilliant storytelling that Chris and Jonathan Nolan have demonstrated here. They've not only deepened the themes and characters of the first movie, but they've revolutionized the way we should view superhero movies today. It deserves a best picture nomination, and I, of course, will be rooting for it to win.

Despite the brilliance of this purely sexcellent movie, there is one flaw that really gets to me: Batman's character. Don't get me wrong. I didn't mean that to sound like I don't like him...he's beautiful. The problem with this movie is that amidst the juggling of so many principle characters, it seems that Batman/Bruce Wayne got the short end of the stick. I guess he was so well developed in the first film that Nolan figured we'd just go with the movie, and not mind the fact that he spends more time developing other characters. Still, I wish they'd spent a little more time on the character of Batman in this one.

Despite that complaint, I'd still argue that this is the Best Picture of 2008 thus far...and I highly doubt that will change.


Hitchcock's interesting experiment turning a stage play into what is, essentially, a film play. This includes very few cuts (about 10 throughout the whole movie). Unfortunately, the movie moves at a very slow pace. The two main actors are a bit weak. Once James Stewart shows up, things pick up pace a bit, but, it never quite reached the classic status I was hoping it would live up to. Still, there's no denying Hitchcock's ambition and the truly impressive filmmaking...not to mention that fantastic background of the NY backdrop.

X-Men: The Last Stand

this movie...is awful...

Imagine Bryan Singer's X-Men...now...just take out the character development and underlying themes that set it above other superhero films. Add more action scenes (certainly not exciting), kill off characters randomly without fulfilling them, and blow a lot of things up, hoping people won't notice and you've got X-Men 3.

Not only a huge disappointment in its own right, but it's truly one of the worst films I've seen.

I award it no points and may God have mercy on its soul

I Heart Huckabees

pure genius. I loved every moment of it. After seeing Mark Wahlberg's ghastly performance in the Happening, it's nice to be reminded of why I loved him in the first place.

Panic Room
Panic Room(2002)

Takes place in one room for the majority of the movie, yet it manages to be completely thrilling. Great performances from everyone, brilliant direction by Fincher.


Cameron Crowe's failed attempt to make a 'Cameron Crowe movie'.

The Terminator

YESS!!! Not even corny special effects can affect this brilliant piece of filmmaking

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines

why? dear Lord, whyyy did we need another one???? This is basically Terminator 2 but with updated special effects. Plus...James Cameron was not involved. Completely unecessary

Alien Resurrection

much better than the travesty that was Alien 3...not nearly as good as the first two

Cidade de Deus (City of God)

one of the best movies I've ever seen...do yourself a favor and watch it if you haven't already

Bonnie and Clyde

This was an interesting one...it's not as amazing as its reputation suggests, but it's still pretty good. The direction and editing is a little off though which is kind of annoying...but, hey! Faye Dunaway was a babe so it's not so bad!

Bridge to Terabithia

I have wanted to see this for the longest time, but never got around to it. I finally got to see it recently.

There is no doubt that the primary audience for this film is children...and this is made painfully obvious from the start. This movie begins soooo cornily...it really is bad. Typical kid's movie with the stupid bullies and the pretty teacher and the new girl in class and the blah blah....it was ridiculous. The only thing that really kept me watching were the brilliant performances of the kids: Josh Hutcherson and Annasophia Robb. They were both fantastic. As the movie went on, I found myself more and more invested in Hutcherson's character. By the end, the story had become much more than a silly kid's fantasy tale, and I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

As a sidenote, I'm really looking forward to seeing this kid Josh Hutcherson grow as an actor. He's incredibly talented and I'm excited to see where he goes with his career.

Before Sunset

This is Linklater's masterpiece. It is, by far, one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. It's got one of the best endings in the history of cinema.

If 'Before Sunrise' was love viewed by a hopeful optimist, 'Before Sunset' is the harsh reality of life coming into play.

Have I mentioned how much I love this movie? It's in my top 10 of all time (along with its prequel...both of which should be viewed as one complete story). It's pure amazingness.

Dazed and Confused

Pretty much a 70s version of American Graffiti...but not as good. Richard Linklater's 2nd feature length film is a bit disjointed. Some of the dialogue comes off as fake as a result of trying too hard to sound 'real' (By his next movie, Before Sunrise, Linklater will have mastered the art of realistic dialogue and characters). Still, the movie is too endearing to hate and the soundtrack is kick-ass.

The Bourne Ultimatum

The best action film of 2007, and one of the best pictures of that year. I loved the first two to death, but not even those could prepare me for how relentlessly exciting and fun this latest entry in the series was. It is definitely the best of the three, and I really hope that if Damon and Greengrass officially decide to continue, it's because they can keep up the quality and entertainment value of the series. As a sidenote, I want to do Jason Bourne and make a Jason Porn

Beverly Hills Cop

a comedy classic....Eddie Murphy in his best film role. One of my all time favorite movies and one of the funniest films ever made

Matchstick Men

another movie that proves Nicolas Cage can actually be good when he wants to be. Sam Rockwell is great as well, and I'm in love with Alison Lohman

Ghost Town
Ghost Town(2008)

I dunno, I love Ricky Gervais, but this one just didn't cut it for me. It seemed much too generic and predictiable with too many gaps in the plot. I wish Ricky had chosen something better as his breakout role.

Independence Day

oh man....this movie is SOOOO cheesy. There is no limit to the amount of cheesiness to this movie. That fact aside, there's also no doubt that this really is one of the quintessential summer blockbusters of all time. Despite the stupidity and frequent logic leaps, the entertainment value of this film is just spectacular. It somehow maintains its own unique charm, despite the fact that it's a rip off of practically every movie involving aliens ever!!

Independence Day ruled the summer of 1996. It was the perfect summer movie, and it still holds up today (despite the somewhat dated effects, which were, at the time, absolutely breathtaking). The acting is all over the place with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum being typically fantastic and Bill Pullman speaking in monotone for the duration of the movie. However, Randy Quaid steals the show as the alcoholic crop duster who changes his ways and saves the day! My hero! What an inspiration to children everywhere!!

This was my favorite movie when I was 10 years old, and I used to wake up in the wee hours of the morning just so I could watch it before class. Man, what fun...Thank you Roland Emmerich for contributing to my failing grades in 4th grade! It was well worth it!

You Only Live Twice

a little ridiculous. If your looking for the Bond movie that Mike Myers got his inspiration for Austin Powers from, look no further than this one. And, yes, the rumors are true...James Bond turns Japanese for a bit. This isn't the best Connery Bond film, but it certainly isn't the worst (I'm looking at you, Diamonds are Forever)


Charlie Kaufman is one of the greatest writers of our time. He's fantastic. He is the master of his craft and I love him. Everything about this movie is just wonderful. The direction from Spike Jonze is spot on...once again he brings a Kaufman script to the screen in all the glory it deserves.

The performances are just beautiful. Meryl Streep is vulnerable and lovely and Chris Cooper is genius as usual. However, there is one performance here that will really blow you away, and that is the performance of Nicolas Cage as Charlie Kaufman and his twin brother Donald Kaufman. This is one of the finest performances I have ever seen. This is coming from a guy who decided, after seeing Ghost Rider, that Nicolas Cage couldn't possibly be a good actor or redeem himself after that mess of a movie. I was wrong and I fully admit it. Nicolas Cage is a fantastic actor and I will support him against anyone who thinks otherwise.

All that said...the movie is genius...check it out whenever you can. It's one of the best.

Made of Honor

sooooo bad....pretty much every 'my best friend is getting married and I have to stop it' cliche in the film-making book can be found in this movie.

25th Hour
25th Hour(2003)

Never seen a Spike Lee joint before, so this was my first. Also never seen an Edward Norton movie (besides the Incredible Hulk), so this was also a new experience. The film was quite fantastic...the supporting cast was great....the direction was a little much at times, but effective at others. Norton's monologue to the mirror is one of the best I've seen

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jason Segel really is a talented writer/actor/musician...well, honestly, the list could go on and on. This movie is so enjoyable and funny...I quite love it.

Dark City
Dark City(1998)

Great visuals mesh well with the intriguing storyline. It's obvious that the Matrix got some inspiration from this film. It becomes a little ridiculous by the climax, but, overall, it's very enjoyable

The Wicker Man

....?? Am I the only sane person left on earth? How is this considered to be a horror classic?? Other than the crazy ending, this movie wasn't remotely creepy. Any suspense is quickly replaced by the awful folk music and musical numbers. It was actually kind of hilarious to be completely honest.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

Watching this movie, I can't help but feel like giving Sam Raimi a big hug and saying, "Don't worry, buddy. You'll get 'em next time." This movie really has the best of intentions. Raimi has nothing but love and respect for the Spider-Man comic books, and it's given me nothing but love and respect for him. Spider-Man 1 & 2 are two of the most entertaining films ever made. Spider-Man is not as great as everyone had hyped it up to be, but it was definitely fun. Spider-Man 2 is the perfect Spider-Man movie thus far, and, one of the best summer action films of all time. It was praised by critics as not only better than the first, but as the finest superhero movie ever made. Some critics even went as far as to call it one of the best pictures of the year. Needless to say, anticipation was off the charts for the 3rd entry in the series. I don't think it's a mistake to say that it's no surprise this movie didn't live up to these expectations.

Right away, Raimi and co. really went out of their way to fit every possible situation into this movie. Who can blame them though? As far as they were concerned, there was a very good chance this would be their last Spidey film together. As a result, they were obviously trying to fit as much as they could into this movie, just in case. The film collapses under all the weight.

The story and script really are the weaknesses of this movie. There are just too many things going on. First of all, Raimi had to bring up the element of Harry's discovery of his father's secret identity and his confrontation with Peter. The amnesia that results from their battle is such a corny, forced plot line. Harry forgets everything only to remember at the end...what was the point? Sandman could have been a cool villain if it wasn't for Raimi's insistence that every villain be emotionally involved with Peter. One of the biggest mistakes of the movie is them choosing to make Sandman responsible for Uncle Ben's death. This is completely unfaithful to the comics. Peter's driving force behind Spider-Man is the fact that he is responsible for his uncle's death. This completely negates his reasoning for being Spidey.

The final nail in the coffin is the introduction of Black Spidey/Venom. Raimi has made it clear in the past that he is not a fan of the character of Venom, and it's incredibly apparent here that he has no interest in telling that story. The producers forced Venom on Raimi at the last second of pre-production, and it's painfully obvious. Having these three villains in the story just throws everything off, making the story completely unbalanced. Along with the introduction of Gwen Stacy (who serves no purpose), none of the characters are given breathing room. Everything is rushed. Characters make completely idiotic choices and we're supposed to just go along with it. Why does Mary Jane go along with Harry's plan to make Peter miserable? She doesn't think Peter can beat Harry? He's done it before! Why not do it again? Peter is also completely pathetic in the film. He cries at any given moment, and instead of sympathizing with him, the audience I saw the film with was laughing. Nice try, guys.

Those are just a few examples of the bloated story. The other mistakes that Raimi made was in his decision to add some really cheesy elements. Peter dons an emo-hairdo and dances as a direct result of becoming 'evil'??? What the hell is this? Not once do we feel Peter's morals are in danger. He never goes as dark as he should have. His dark turn should have been taken a bit more seriously. It's as if Raimi was uncomfortable with the film's darkness so he inserts unnecessary comic scenes to balance it out. Unfortunately, it just makes the whole thing incredibly disjointed.

The movie simply can't stand on its own two feet. There was too much happening and everything is just way too corny and predictable. Where the first two Spider-Man movies were fun because they were faithful to the comics, the third one just goes overboard with the cringe-inducing dialogue.

The special effects and action sequences are fantastic, but that does not excuse the sloppy storytelling on display here. The producers should have trusted Raimi to make the right film-making choices. This is not the first time producers have ruined a film as a result of thinking they knew better (X-Men 3 anyone? Alien 3? Exactly). Raimi should have been given complete freedom. When he had freedom on the 2nd film, he not only made one of the highest grossing movies of all time, but it received even higher praise! Where's the trust?? Raimi obviously knew what he was doing. I can only hope that with their egos bruised, the filmmakers will all return to Spider-Man 4 and 5 a little bit wiser. I'm thrilled that Raimi and Maguire have decided to return, but I hope they've been humbled by the criticisms of the audiences and critics alike. Hopefully they listened to the concerns of the fans and will return to the quality of the first two films.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

(The following is a film critique I submitted for a final project in one of my classes...I figured it would work as well as any other review I could come up with for this movie. Enjoy!)

The original Spider-Man film, released May 3rd, 2002, caught critics and audiences alike by surprise. No one was expecting such a fun, yet emotionally resonant
picture. It was praised by critics, and broke box office records worldwide. Needless to say, director, Sam Raimi, and company had a lot to live up to when it came to developing the sequel. There was a lot of concern whether it would improve upon the previous elements of the first film, or if it would fail to meet expectation. On June 30, 2004, those answers were provided. Spider-Man 2 not only met critical and audience expectations, it surpassed them. Spider-Man 2 is the prime example of how to make a fantastic, entertaining summer movie, while making it emotionally resonant by keeping intact the heart and soul of the story and characters.

The first thing that Spider-Man 2 did right was deepening the journey of our main character: Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The life of a superhero has obviously taken a toll on our young hero. He can't get the girl he wants, he can't keep a steady job to pay the bills. He even makes the mistake of washing his Spider-Man costume with his white clothes (with hilarious results). Right away, Raimi and co. set the mood by showing that Peter Parker is not an invincible superhero. He's just as normal as any of us. Raimi always said that he saw the story of Spider-Man as a young man learning about responsibility and maturing into an adult. These themes come through spectacularly in this movie. By keeping our hero relatable and deepening his emotional journey, Raimi has already managed to top the first movie. He makes sure that the action scenes don't ever outweigh the real importance of the story, which has become a real problem with most summer action movies. Tobey Maguire embraces the character even more so than he did in the first movie, committing completely to the vision of Raimi and the writers. His performance ends up being much stronger as a result.

Peter's relationship with his true love, Mary Jane, is well developed, but the film also manages to keep the supporting characters interesting as well. Doctor Otto Octavius (a brilliant performance by Alfred Molina) is given depth as a character before he becomes the villain of the motion picture. Harry Osborne (James Franco) is given more to do this time around, as he goes through his own internal battle, struggling to understand why Peter, his best friend, won't help him bring Spider-Man to justice for 'murdering' his father. And Peter's Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) provides the strong moral backbone of the story, keeping Peter in check and helping him out with her brilliant advice when he needs it most. The acting really gives these characters a whole new life, and makes them worth caring about. Half the time, I completely forgot about the fact that Spider-Man had to fight a villain because I was so captured by the story.

One of Raimi and co.'s problems with the first movie is the lack of sense of vertigo when watching Spidey swing through the air. They improved the web-swinging a lot in this sequel. They custom built special cameras that they were able to swing between buildings in order to capture the realistic and dizzying effects of Spider-Man swinging through the city. Mise-en-scene really comes into play here with Raimi using these new techniques to bring us framing and camera moves we've never seen before. The effect really adds to the film. We really feel like we're up there with Spider-Man, or in the thick of the battle with him. He also makes sure to capture the beauty of NY city in its finest moments, such as one of the opening shots where the camera sweeps across a beautiful NY morning.

The action of the film is spectacular. The editing and special effects really come through in these scenes. The visual effects department really outdid themselves this time, earning an Academy Award when all was said and done. The CGI and practical effects seamlessly blend together. Doc Ock's mechanical arms were both practical and CG, and it's still difficult to tell the difference. This adds not only to the excitement of the story, but by looking realistic, there is no distraction involved.

The visual effects department also managed to rebuild NY in their computers, providing the camera with a free roaming zone to follow Spidey's aerial acrobatics, along with his epic battles with Doc Ock on the sides of buildings. The train sequence is one of the most exciting action scenes that I've ever seen in a movie. Thanks to the fast pace of the editing, the action takes off with a bang and never let's up. There are many quick cuts that keep the pace at breakneck speed. That one scene is more exciting than all of Spider-Man 1!! Another well edited scene was the 'Raindrops' sequence, when Peter has just given up being Spider-Man for good. The song 'Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head'begins to play and it shows how happy he has become without the weight of Spidey on his shoulders. The song choice is perfect. Apparently, the editor put that song in there as a joke, but decided it worked so perfectly that he would just tweak the editing a little bit so that the music would match the pace of the scenes. It's perfectly upbeat, and the little freeze frame at the end of the sequence with Peter Parker's face as he smiles in response to his professor's praise of his recent improvement is just fantastic. Another good indication of fantastic editing is when the editor knows when NOT to cut a scene. For instance, when Peter admits to his Aunt May that he is the one responsible for Uncle Ben's death, practically the whole scene is simply his close up. It very rarely cuts back to his Aunt. It works incredibly well thanks to the acting skills of Tobey Maguire, and the depth he provides to the character.
The sound also plays a huge part in this picture. The epic battles are the best examples. The train sequence and any of Spidey's fights with Doc Ock are matched up with amazing sound effects that add to the excitement. Some other great examples of sound use are in the hospital operating room scene, when Doc Ock's arms come to life and attack the doctors and nurses. Every sound has such a staggering effect. There is no music to keep the scene realistic and terrifying. All the sounds are taken out right before the arms strike, with the exception of the ominous beeping of the heart monitoring screen. Then, all hell breaks lose, as the arms take on a life of their own and attack everyone around. We always know Doc Ock is arriving on the scene, because of the T-Rex-like thumping noises of his arms hitting the ground. Also, Spider-Man's webbing and swinging sounds are pitch perfect. It's exactly what you'd imagine they would be like after reading the comics.

In conclusion, thanks to an incredibly talented cast and crew, Spider-Man 2 exceeded all expectations set by the first film. The movie ended up getting even BETTER reviews and is considered by many to be the best example of a comic-book/superhero film. The reason it is the perfect summer movie is because it provides all the fun we expect out of a movie like this without sacrificing the characters and story. The more you care about the plot and characters, the more you can enjoy and appreciate the film you are watching. 'Nuff said.

Max Payne
Max Payne(2008)

Good Lord!! I thought the Happening was going to be my least favorite film of the year, but Mark Wahlberg keeps outdoing himself with his ridiculous acting choices. He has managed to star in the two worst movies of the year. I can't begin to tell you how illogical the plot was. No scene in this film made sense....absolutely none. Oh, and other than the character of 'Max Payne' and his family being killed, the plot doesn't even slightly resemble the video game. I don't know what prompted the writer to go with a completely different story, but it only proves how completely mistaken he was. It's not like the story of the game was bad, and there's no way directly translating it would have been any worse than this shit-stain of a 'film'.

But it's okay! It's not about the plot! It's about the action! Who needs plot?? Well unfortunately, it's about an hour into the movie before anyone is shot. That's a bit strange considering that this video game was based around shooting people. I cannot get over how ridiculously boring this movie was. There were more explosions in the closing credits than there were in the entire movie. Max Payne also manages to dodge billions of bullets and still kill cops while running with his eyes closed. Brilliant. And after waiting an hour until this so-called action movie actually BECOMES an action movie, do we get some fantastic, mind-blowing action sequences? No. Marky Mark fucking shoots everybody. That's literally it. A million people shoot at him, missing completely, and he manages to shoot everyone he aims at in one shot. I think he's shot maybe 2-3 times in the whole movie. Does this slow him down? Nooooope! Why? Because this movie is just plain ridiculous.

The acting is horrendous....Mark Wahlberg APPEARS in the movie. There's no acting involved. Everyone else seems bored out of their minds and concerned for the future of their careers. Even Ludacris makes an apperance and stuns us with his incompetence as an actor.

This movie is certainly good for a laugh. Some of the direction is just plain awful and awkward. The story is completely non-existent, but the hilarious dialogue makes up for it at times. That being said, I could feel my life slowly slipping away as this movie played. It is not worth seeing in theaters just for the sake of a laugh, it's much too boring for that. Save this viewing for when you and your buddies are under some sort of intoxication and ready to laugh your asses off!


best of the Brosnan era and one of the best Bond films overall

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

The transition to the big screen is a bit awkward for our merry band of happy-go-lucky dancers/singers, but once it settles in, it actually ends up being an enjoyable conclusion to the trilogy. This movie really needed to be a bit more epic. The director, Ortega, simply wasn't ready for the transition from TV to Cinemas. That complaint aside, some of the musical numbers are fantastic, and had the audience cheering (of course...the majority of the audience were ADD-stricken 5 year olds who already knew the words to all the songs....scary.) There's still no denying that the majority of the song and dance numbers were tons of fun, and in a musical, that's all you really need.

These movies never sought to achieve high art. They simply wanted to provide some wholesome, albeit over-the-top, and ridiculously cheesy , entertainment for the fam. These movies are all about bringing a smile to your face, and, on that mission, High School Musical 3 was successful.

Tomorrow Never Dies

first Bond movie I ever saw...it has great nostalgic value as a result. Some of the stuff is fantastic...the remote control car...the motorcycle chase...it's all very classic Bond. Unfortunately, it's also ridiculously violent to a hilarious extent and it's just a bit lame as a result.


Not the worst Roger Moore Bond movie, but some of the events that take place are completely ridiculous....the sci-fi elements....Jaws getting a girlfriend...it's all a bit stupid, but it's still fun and MUCH better than Live and Let Die and the Man with the Golden Gun


Crazy movie...great soundtrack


by the numbers Bond flick...only less interesting. After a fun opening sequence, the movie only goes downhill. Roger Moore was already showing his age in For Your Eyes Only, and he's only getting older here. Sorry, guys, but he's simply no longer believable as a secret agent/pimp. As if things couldn't get any worse, James Bond disguises himself as a clown in this one. The filmmakers weren't even trying to cover up the fact that Moore's Bond movies really had turned the character into a clown by that point.


soooo dumb, but tons of fun

A View to a Kill

Worst James Bond movie evvver!!! By this point I don't even know who's older...James Bond or Q!! Whoever thought it was a good idea to make Grace Jones a Bond girl was clearly under the influence of a braincell-killing substance

For Your Eyes Only

Roger Moore's only other outing that I really enjoy (The Spy Who Loved Me is the other and my personal favorite of his). After Moonraker pushed things too far into the ridiculous, it's nice that For Your Eyes Only brought it all, literally, back to earth.


not really a bad movie, but it's not a particularly interesting one either. Danny Boyle has excellent direction as usual, but the story itself just isn't that great

American History X

powerful. Edward Norton really made the movie with his brilliant performance

The Spy Who Loved Me

This movie may be really cheesy, and the music/special effects may scream '70's!!!' like no other, but there's no denying that this really was the best of the Roger Moore Bond era. Not only that, but I'd say this is one of the best Bond films, period. It introduced us to the iconic villain, Jaws, gave us an INCREDIBLY hot Bond girl (Barbara Bach...even if she couldn't act to save her life), and gave us some fantastic stunts and set pieces. Plus, Moore finally gave us a reason to not hate him as Bond.

Quantum of Solace

Oooooh, Bond, James Bond, where did you go wrong? The best way to describe the experience of watching the film is this...imagine if after Batman Begins, The Dark Knight had returned to the mediocrity of the previous Batman movies. That is essentially what Quantum of Solace is, in a nutshell. There's no way around it, folks. It simply doesn't live up to the promise of Casino Royale....it's not even close.

Daniel Craig IS James Bond...let's just get that out of the way. He's the only reason to watch this movie. He's the best Bond since Connery, and, personally, I'd say he's the best Bond of all. He manages to bring depth to the role even when he's doing nothing but driving a car. His performance is great. It's unfortunate that the rest of the movie couldn't live up to him.

The rest of the cast ranges from mediocre to just plain awful. Olga Kurylenko is a babe and that's pretty much it. Her character is pretty terrible and, as an actress, she doesn't seem to be capable of doing much with a good character anyway. Dominic Greene may be the worst villain in the history of Bond flicks. He's completely non-threatening and fantastically lame all at the same time. Mathieu Amalric brings nothing to the role. The only shining light in the awful cast, other than Craig, is Judi Dench as M. She and Craig have fantastic chemistry, and their scenes together are some of the best the movie has to offer.

Marc Forster has done some pretty decent movies, but, what the hell...whose idea was it to hire him for a Bond flick? As an action director, his incompetence is present from the very opening scene. He films his action sequences so close up and so shakily that you never know what's happening. I'm a fan of Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum and Cloverfield, and I'm not one to get motion sickness, but, good Lord, I was getting a headache from how poorly shot the action was. Imagine turning a strobe light up all the way and staring straight into it...that is the effect that these action sequences have. There is no reasoning behind the action being this chaotically shot. It's just poor direction. Imagine watching a trailer for a movie where they do all the quick cuts of action scenes that will be in the film.......that's essentially how all the action in this movie plays out. Forster also seems to get off on intercutting completely unrelated events. For example, within the first 15 minutes, he's intercutting an interrogation scene with a horse race taking place outdoors. The two events are completely unrelated other than the fact that they take place in the same area. It's ridiculous. Of course, it's not like he had much story to work with anyway. It's all action sequence after action sequence. Bond travels from set piece to set piece without us ever caring why he's doing it. We're just desperately waiting for the action to arrive again.....unfortunately, even that has lost its appeal amidst the hyper-editing/ADD-directing.

Overall, this film screams mediocre from start to finish. I don't even know how to rank it among the other Bond films. It doesn't feel like one. I know it's not as bad as some of the worst Moore films or Die Another Day, but there's simply no excuse for this movie being so dull. As bad as those Bond's might have been, at least they were entertaining in some form. Not once was I impressed by anything I saw in this one though. With Casino Royale I was on the edge of my seat having the time of my life. In Quantum of Solace, I sat slumped in my chair in a bored daze wondering where it all went wrong. I can only be thankful that Forster doesn't want to come back for the next one...I can't blame him. He simply isn't a competent action director. Bring back Martin Campbell please?

The Living Daylights

After the overwhelming goofiness of Moore's Bond films, Timothy Dalton really is a breath of fresh air. This may not be the best Bond movie, but it's definitely a good one.

Magical Mystery Tour

HAHAHAHAH!! Oh Lord......only see this if you're a Beatles fan. This is so ridiculously awful. The production values are just terrible...it's really amazing.


a wonderful testament to the power of the human spirit and a highly entertaining experience.


Certainly a very well made movie, but, after the first hour or so, the film loses steam and begins chugging slowly along. This would be alright...if it was a 2 hour movie. However, coming in at nearly 3 hours is a little much.

Back to the Future

On par with Star Wars and Raiders as the most entertaining film of all time. This may take the prize....it's just simply one of the most fun-filled movies ever made. Comedy! Romance! Suspense! Music! Flying Deloreans! Great Scot!! This movie has it all! Plus, the fantastic performances, the brilliant story, the superb dialogue, and not to mention one of the best soundtracks ever combine to make this one of the greats!!. If you haven't seen it, by all means...please do...you don't know what you're missing.

Punisher: War Zone

pure stupidity.......but at least it's hilariously over the top stupidity!! Want to see people explode??? GET TO THE THEATER NOW!!!

Reign Over Me

I guess it meant well, but it comes across as forced, unrealistic, and sappy

Superman II
Superman II(2006)

a very interesting version of a classic film. This is the way Donner originally intended it, but, unfortunately, it gets rid of some of the best scenes from the original version. Someone should cut the best of both of these movies together so we can get the ideal version.

Rocky IV
Rocky IV(1985)

"I must break you". This is the movie that, unfortunately, most people associate with Rocky (It's no wonder people don't realize that the first one was a masterpiece) It perfectly represents everything that went wrong with the series.


Rocky is my favorite movie of all time. Well, it's tied with the Lord of the Rings...and if you forced me to choose, I would stick with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but, that doesn't stop me from calling this my favorite anyway. There's something magical about it that I can't explain....but, since you're reading this review, you'll realize that I tried explaining anyway!

Everyone knows the story by now...or they think they do...judging by the ratings people have given this film, I seriously doubt they've watched this movie recently. Chances are they're basing their opinions off the 'meh' Rocky 3 and the complete jokes that were 4 and 5. Revisiting this film time and time again, I am always struck by how different this film was from its ridiculous sequels (2 and 6 being the exceptions). The original Rocky is quiet and subtle, keeping its focus on the inspiring story and, more importantly, the wonderful characters. The setting is dark and dirty. It's a far cry from what many people associate with Rocky, and it'll probably throw off those who are expecting mindless entertainment as in the third and fourth films. That aside, there's just no denying the power of the original.

Sylvester Stallone cemented himself as one of the greatest actors of all time, giving one of the finest performances ever seen on film. It's a shame what happened to his career, but at least he got to prove himself once more with the final Rocky film. His writing is flawless as well. He gives every character a moment to shine and he never sinks to over the top sentimentality as he would in later films.

Talia Shire is absolutely stunning as Adrian...she says so much in just facial expressions, and you nearly forget that she doesn't have much dialogue for a good portion of the film's running time.

Burt Young's performance as Paulie is another remarkable thing. Here is a guy you should hate, but you somehow can't. Thanks to the writing and the powerful acting of Young, Paulie is incredibly sympathetic.

Carl Weathers, in his big acting debut, is a complete natural. He embodies Apollo Creed in all his glory. Arrogant, fast-talking, good-natured...there's no way you can call this guy an antagonist. He's too likable.

Finally, there's the character of Mickey, played to perfection by the late Burgess Meredith. Both he and Stallone were nominated for acting Oscars and neither of them won. This is an absolute disgrace. Burgess' performance is iconic and has gone down in history as such. The scene in which he attempts to convince Rocky to let him be his manager is one of the finest on celluloid and that one alone proves that they both deserved Oscars.

All these performances, the script, and the brilliant, pitch-perfect directing from John G. Avildsen make the movie work, but there's one final element that really cements this as one of the greats. The score. Bill Conti's beautiful piano plays the solemn version of the Rocky theme, reminding us of the hardships these characters are going through. When the theme finally erupts in all its glory during the training montage, it takes every ounce of effort to keep yourself from cheering outloud and upsetting the neighbors. It simply is remarkable.

Rocky was the little movie that could. Made for a shoestring budget (reportedly under $1 million), this film went on to become one of the highest grossing of all time and spawned all the mediocre sequels that turned the character and Stallone into a joke (once again, may I remind you that I disclude the second and sixth because I thought they were both great). It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Acting nods for Stallone, Shire, Meredith, and Young, Original Screenplay, Original Song, and Sound. It won Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Editing. It also earned its place on the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movies of all time (#57). This film is a timeless classic about one man's journey to prove to the world and, more importantly, himself that he can go the distance. All the elements combine perfectly to make this one of the best of all time. Stop pretending you've seen this movie if you've only seen the later ones. You have no idea what you're missing.

Rocky II
Rocky II(1979)

worthy sequel to the original, even if it's pretty much the same movie as the first one. Plus, seeing as how he lost in the first movie, it's not too much of a surprise that he ends up winning at the end of this one

The Day the Earth Stood Still

classic science fiction. It's still great despite the fact that it's dated.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

masterpiece. The majority of the movie plays out in one room and yet it never lets up on the intensity. Fantastic performances all around and great direction from Lumet.

The Spirit
The Spirit(2008)

definitely among the ranks as one of the worst of 2008. It's just a mish mash of completely boring scenes strung together with no coherent plot.

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)

Not particularly original or fantastic, but it was good for what it was. It's not as bad as some have claimed

Step Brothers

the premise gets old by the end, but Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are hilarious...even if they are completely obnoxious.

Pineapple Express

though it is pretty funny and downright hilarious at points, I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the others in the Apatow group (mainly the 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad). It attempted to merge comedy and action into one super movie. It succeeds at points, but for the most part, it just ends up being a bit subpar on both levels. Still...it's good for a nice laugh.

When Harry Met Sally

one of the most charming and enjoyable movies I've ever seen. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are phenomenal and it has a great soundtrack too!!!

The Silence
The Silence(1963)

sure, it's visually intriguing, but with no characters to relate to and no interesting story, all it amounts to is a slow moving film better off discussed than endured. See it once if you're a fan of Ingmar Bergman....however, if you've never even heard of the man, don't start with this one.

The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)

Deeply morbid and unsettling film, yet it's not without its unique sense of humor. The imagery is haunting and unforgettable.

Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet(1986)

my introduction to David Lynch. Very strange and disturbing, featuring an incredible performance from Hopper

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

Mickey Rourke gives one of the finest performances of 2008 in this brutal, unflinching account of a washed-up wrestler whose escapades outside the ring are hardly as successful as his performances inside it. Darren Aronofsky, famous for his ADD style editing and fantastic, dizzying visuals, finally tones everything down. He is very much serving the story here and it's refreshing to see him do so. His camera follows Rourke around as if its life depends on it, and it works to Aronofsky's advantage.

The other performances in the movie are strong as well, Marisa Tomei gives a moving performance as the aging stripper/single mom who has discovered, like Rourke's character, that time is not treating her well when it comes to her profession. Evan Rachel Wood redeems herself here after an awful performance in Across the Universe.

This movie is about as gritty and down to earth as you can get in the cinemas these days. Be prepared to be moved, but also be prepared to wince....a lot. This movie is definitely not for the faint of heart. However, it is a film that demands to be seen thanks to a powerful performance from Rourke.

Across the Universe

Oh boy, what a dilemma this movie is. I saw this film when it was first in theaters. At the time, I was nothing more than a casual listener of Beatles music. I heard mixed things about it, but I was determined to keep an open mind and see what I personally thought. After the mediocre reviews it got from critics and my friends, I was not surprised to see that they were right. The movie simply wasn't that good.

More recently, I became an obsessive Beatles fan. Now I have all their albums, I've read practically everything there is to know about them, seen the Beatles Anthology, etc., etc., etc. I was interested in watching the movie again to see how it would fare now that I'm a huge fan of the Beatles. I didn't think my opinion would change much, but I was wrong. I actually like the movie even LESS than I did before.

The story follows Jude (aww, what a conveniently named character!), a hot British guy who was guaranteed to blind teenage girls into thinking that the movie is actually good (it worked.) He travels to America for...some reason...OH! That's right! He went to see his dad! Who, conveniently enough, has absolutely NOTHING to do with the story (He shows up once more at the end to get Jude out of jail...what a great guy!). His dad turns out to be a janitor at a campus...somewhere...does it really matter where? So, basically, Jude shows up in America, talks to his dad, and that's the end of that story. He ends up meeting Max (who apparently uses a silver hammer in this movie...how clever. Thank God they didn't butcher that song as well) and they hit it off! In fact, they hit it off SO well that they become best friends within 5 minutes! One second, Jude helps him escape from campus security, and the next they're singing "With a Little Help from my Friends"! (Apparently, the extent of the filmmaker's 'cleverness' is to have Max and company get high as they sing 'I get high with a little help from my friends'.)

Anyway, Jude falls in love with Max's sister, Lucy (once again, this is the extent of the cleverness of this movie), and they proceed to live through the 60's TOGETHER!!

I don't really want to try to explain the plot anymore, because the truth is, there IS no plot. The movie is a bunch of musical sequences strung together, desperately trying to pretend it's a story. There were points when the song choices were so ridiculous and random that you can actually sense the writers just trying to find places to fit in the songs. It almost makes the movie a parody. There were so many unintentionally hilarious song placements that I found myself laughing almost as much as I was wincing at the terrible dialogue ("I am being radical mother! I should be radical! YOU should be radical! Everyone should be radical!"), which also tries to fit in song titles with very lame results. For example, Prudence climbs in through the bathroom window...the characters' response?
"She came in through the bathroom window!"

You can almost hear the audience laughter track or the drumroll that signals the punch line...it's that bad.

The movie also throws in a bunch of supporting characters such as Sadie (who isn't sexy...BLASPHEMY!!), Jojo, and Prudence who serve NO purpose to the story. They're only there for the quick reference and then all of a sudden they're...just there. Prudence is the worst. She literally only exists in order for the song 'Dear Prudence' to be performed. They try to justify her appearance by having her show up randomly throughout the movie, such as in Mr. Kite's tent ("Hey! Is that Prudence? What is SHEEEE doing here??" I thought this was hilarious) Sadie and Jojo have some sort of...relationship that goes through all the motions as mechanically as possible (the lady who plays Sadie cannot act or sing to save her life) However, This relationship never actually has a point in the story (you'll see a lot of that in this movie). There are also completely random appearances by characters like 'Dr. Robert' (played by Bono, who sings an okay rendition of I Am the Walrus) who only appear for the sake of a "oh look, it's Dr. Robert! Like the song!" moment.

The movie tries to fit in the whole of the 60's within a 2 hour movie. Not surprisingly, it fails miserably. It seems more like they just tried to include every major event (Vietnam, King Jr.'s assassination, etc.) just to have an excuse to remind everyone that it's the 60's. Also, there is no way possible to accurately portray the 60's in a PG-13 movie. Everything just comes off as cartoony and fake.

Anyway, on to the music...it's just as bad as the rest of the movie. The performances are all sugar coated so that all the teenage girls can swoon to the music and pretend they enjoy the Beatles. In every performance, the voices sound over-produced and fake. Some of the renditions range from just plain awful (It Won't Be Long, Helter Skelter, Dear Prudence, Hey Jude, etc.) to not bad (Strawberry Fields Forever and Come Together). The choreography is the same way. Some of it is cool (Hold Me Tight) and some of it is stupid (I Want You, Happiness is a Warm Gun...what was with that stupid preacher?). None of the songs have any purpose in the story, and if they do, their usage is completely obvious (Jude and Lucy argue about a revolution...which song do you think they sing?). The symbolism and 'art' is also COMPLETELY ridiculous (The worst is Max and the other army boys carrying the Statue of Liberty on their backs as they trudge through Vietnam.). The only sequence I really liked was Strawberry Fields Forever, but, once again, what was the point? Jude is upset...he looks at a bowl of strawberries....VOILA! The song begins!!

If I could praise this movie on one thing it would be this: They don't include a lot of music from Rubber Soul and Revolver, the two best Beatles albums. Thank God for that.

And, in the end, though the musical sequences range from somewhat visually stunning to ridiculously corny, the plot is plain awful. The fact that the songs have nothing to do with the movie makes the film disjointed. It's like two completely different movies shoved together, one that puts a corny, sappy love story in a poorly depicted 60's environment. The other being an attempted tribute to the Beatles. In trying to make the two separate movies work as a coherent whole, the movie fails as a result of them having nothing to do with each other.

What really makes me dislike this movie is that now millions of people all over the world consider themselves Beatles fans simply from seeing this movie. Chances are, if you ask a teenage girl what her favorite Beatles album is they will respond 'oh, I just have the soundtrack to Across the Universe.'




As another critic put it (quite brilliantly), "You're better off putting the Beatles on shuffle while tripping on acid than watching this movie."

Wedding Crashers

It wasn't really a bad movie, but, maybe I was just expecting too much after hearing everybody hype it up so much. It was all too predictable. It was pretty much a play by play of the 'boy fools around until he finds true love and has to stop her from getting married to evil asshole while winning her heart at the same time' storyline. The only saving graces were the performances of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn who really had some funny moments. Will Ferrell had a pretty great cameo as well. Rachel McAdams is hot...and that other girl too. Other than that, I didn't think the movie was particularly hilarious.

Tropic Thunder

By the time the opening credits began rolling, my sides were already hurting from laughing so hard. And the best part is that the laughs keep coming throughout the duration of the movie.

Robert Downey Jr.'s performance is just plain fantastic. It's great that he's finally getting the recognition he deserves. (Newly converted Downey Jr. fans, make sure to check out Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!!) Stiller and Black are also in top form. And, being a huge fan of Undeclared and the Apatow gang, I was thrilled to see Jay Baruchel in the movie.

This film lives up to the hype. Check it out as soon as you can before people start mindlessly quoting it (and they will, believe you me!!).

Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

Comedy classic doesn't even begin to describe this movie. This film continues to stand the test of time of one of the greatest movies ever made, and a perfect example of how to blend special effects with fantastic comedy and characters to create pure sexcellence. This movie has stood the test of time, despite dated special effects, and will continue to do so forever and ever, amen.

High Fidelity

Highly enjoyable film. Even though, by the end, not much has occurred, the journey there is still quite entertaining.

Let the Right One In

This is the movie that Twilight can only dream of being. On second thought, no....a book/movie as awful as Twilight cannot even hope to have dreams as creative and haunting as this.

My Best Friend's Wedding

surprisingly enjoyable chick flick that turns the tables on the 'my best friend's getting married and I have to stop it' storyline. Rupert Everett's performance is the highlight

The Room
The Room(2003)

As much as I may want to, I cannot, in good conscience, give this movie more than one star. It just may be the worst movie ever made. HOWEVER, it is also one of the most hilarious films you will ever come across and I highly recommend it to anyone who is searching desperately for some gut-busting entertainment

Singin' in the Rain

One of the most enjoyable films ever made! It perfectly captures all the reasons we love watching movies!

Half Baked
Half Baked(1998)

Dave Chappelle is the only reason to watch this movie....but not even that is enough to save it...stick with Chappelle's show if you need your Dave fix.


this movie is so ridiculously bizarre, it's unreal, but its filmmaking is undeniably impressive. Can't say I REALLY enjoyed it though.

Starship Troopers

so hilariously awful and mindlessly entertaining that I couldn't help but enjoy it....

....but not enough to say it was a good movie

Slumdog Millionaire

I try to avoid changing my reviews unless absolutely necessary, but I just saw this for as second time and I can't resist. Slumdog Millionaire is one of the most lively and joyous films I have experienced this year. The direction and cinematography is, in a word, stunning. Great story. Great acting. Amazing soundtrack. This is one of 2008's greats.

Dragonball Evolution

as Goku's grandfather, Gohan, states at the beginning of the film, "the first rule is...there ARE no rules".

Just replace 'rules' with plot or logic and you get the basic idea.