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Daredevil (2003)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film belongs among the ranks of other great superhero movies and in my opinion, is severely underrated. It has a great cast of characters and actors, including a surprisingly good Ben Affleck, It's also very skillfully directed by Mark Steven Johnson and has terrific cinematography that really brings out the darkness of the film's setting-New York City. Most importantly, it has terrific action sequences which are thrilling and the likes of which are unique to this film.

The comic book story follows blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) who is from Hells Kitchen, one of the worst neighborhoods in the country. He is blind because toxic waste spilled into his eyes after he caught his father (David Keith), boxer, intimidating someone in an alley. He panicked and got in the way of a truck transporting toxic waste. Next thing he knows, he is able to hear sounds amplified a hundred times and he has visual radar. He is a lawyer because his father was beat up by mobsters after he refused to throw a fight, and Matt vowed to fight crime, much like other comic book characters. After he "puts away" a murderer who walked, he attracts the attention of the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), who basically owns New York's crime. He also meets the beautiful Electra Nachios (Jennifer Garner), whose father has a complicated relationship with the Kingpin. Eventually, Daredevil makes enemies, including a thug named Bullseye (Colin Farrell), who never misses. This leads to a epic showdown between Daredevil and all opposing forces.

The plot and premise may be a bit ridiculous and cliched, but it is still an extremely well done film. So if you enjoy superhero films or action films in general, don't overlook this.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film is one of the few that can truly be described as a masterpiece and a classic. It is completely flawless. It boasts great acting from everyone involved, no matter how small the part and terrific direction by veteran Milos Forman. Even though the subject matter is grim, it is immensely enjoyable and never ages. It's no wonder that it it is one of three films to win all five major Academy Awards-Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture.

The story centers on Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a trouble-maker who insists he is crazy, but may just be pretending in order to avoid having to work. Upon his arrival at the hospital, he meets the head doctor, a very colorful group of guys that become his friends, a couple of which are Danny Devito and Christopher Lloyd, and one of the most evil and well-played characters in film history, Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Immediately, Randle begins to challenge the status quo and really rocks the boat. This includes taking the guys out to go fishing and throwing a party by bribing the nightwatchman (Scatman Crothers, who also starred with Nicholson in The Shining). Randle befriends a very tall Native American man who never speaks, and Randle inspires him to break out and gain his freedom. None of the characters are ever the same again.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest has one of the oldest themes in existence. An outsider arrives in an isolated place where the routine has always been the same, challenges the established order, and changes the lives of everyone he encounters. We never find out much about Randle or his motivation, making him all the more intriguing.

The Mask of Zorro
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film is an excellent redo of the old Zorro films; it's both well done and entertaining. It's very well directed by Martin Campbell and boasts an excellent cast including Antonio Banderas as this generation's Zorro and Anthony Hopkins as his mentor. It's also got terrific action sequences enhanced by well choreographed sword fights. Overall, an excellent action film.

The film begins by telling the story of Don Diego de la Vega aka Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), whose wife is murdered and his baby daughter stolen by an evil land baron (Stuart Wilson). He vows revenge. The focus shifts to Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas), a criminal who commits robberies with his brother. They are eventually hunted down by Captain Love (Matt Lescher), and rather than be captured, his brother shoots himself, but Alejandro escapes. Not finished. Alejandro gets drunk out of anger and meets Diego. Diego takes him under his wing as his protege and teaches him everything he knows. They join forces and discover a plan by Captain Love and the evil land baron who stole Diego's daughter to blow up a gold mine with the workers inside in order to cover up evidence of their mistreatment. In a fantastic final act, Zorro and Zorro, depending on how you look out it, travel to the mine to fight their respective foes. After all, they each have unfinished business.

Overall, this is one of the better films in the action genre. It's got a great story, excellent direction, and most of all, it doesn't take itself too seriously.