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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Ted
Ted(2012)

I thought this was going to be the comedy of the summer, but to be honest I thought it was built up too much. I get it. Seth wants to do the same crude jokes he does on Family Guy (which are getting old by the way), but if I wanted to hear a bunch of d-bag humor, I could just open my window and listen to my jackass neighbor's 3AM drunken rants. It was funny at some points I guess, but ultimately a flop.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One of the best movies ever made. The acting was so real...I almost forgot I was watching a movie. I felt like I was right there in the ward. Jack Nicholson is the ultimate maverick...not to mention kinda sexy too. He sees the screwed-up flaws in not only the institution but the world as well. This is a fantastic example of what film should be.

Unforgiven
Unforgiven(1992)

Great Western. I don't even LIKE westerns that much, but I have to tip my hat (in this case my cowboy hat) to Unforgiven. Clint Eastwood is not only one of the greatest actors of our time, but he is an overall film ICON. He is superb as a director and brings a mysterious quality to all of his characters which I absolutely love. A+.

Blood Simple
Blood Simple(1984)

I decided this summer to rent every (or almost every) Coen Brothers film and watch it, those that I haven't already seen. Joel and Ethan are my favorite duo in Hollywood film-making, so I expected this to be a testament to their greatness. The film started off a little slow, but did eventually progress into a good thriller. I enjoyed the plot, and overall it was a good pick for my movie night.

Lost In Translation

This was on my summer list of movies to watch. All I can say is that I am so glad it was. To be honest I was never a big fan of Scarlett Johansson; I feel like she was just put in movies because of her looks. But I have to say I am a fan now. The fact that she was only 17 at the time...she just acted well beyond her years. I even appreciated how naturally beautiful she looked. Bill Murray was comic genius. The way he just sulked around in the first 20 minutes just made me laugh even more. Props to Sofia Coppola on this fantastic example of what comedic films can be.

The Amazing Spider-Man

As much as I tried, I couldn't go into the movie theater to watch this without comparing it to the original version. For me, the movie was a little drawn out, I mean it seemed like it took forever for Andrew Garfield to "become Spiderman". I also have to say I didn't like the whole "skater" image they put on his character either...it just seemed out of place. Stone was a good Gwen Stacy, I'll give her that. Garfield was OK too, but all in all I think I'm still a Tobey Maguire fan.

The King's Speech

This movie gave me hope that the film industry is not taking a dump on itself. Calling it an amazing achievement in modern film-making is a serious understatement. Colin Firth delivers a career-making (or cementing) performance, which gives me thought that he has much more to offer in the future. Everything was superb and great. Even down to the score of the movie, which managed to capture the movie's tone (as it is meant to be), and reeled me in. A++++++++! The end.

Tangled
Tangled(2010)
½

I have to say I was less than excited when my friends suggested this for our sleepover movie pick...I just really wasn't pumped to watch another animated musical number. However my friends knew what they were talking about and Tangled was the exact dose of cuteness I needed.

Lars and the Real Girl

Ryan Gosling may be the hottest celeb at the in Hollywood at the moment, but I think what people forget is that he has some serious acting chops. If you haven't seen Half Nelson, you need to right away! But that's a different review for another day. This film had good intentions, and for the most part I enjoyed all of them. At some points I lost interest and almost dozed off, but besides that it was a good comedy with some serious points mixed in. I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Ryan Gosling chooses unattractive roles so that people start focusing more on his acting and less on his handsome looks.

How to Train Your Dragon

This movie was great, that's really all the praise it needs...To start off, the animation quality was perfection; every detail was supreme. The voice cast was great as well, even though I wasn't sure about Baruchel as Hiccup at first. My doubts were soon diminished however and the rest of the movie flowed smoothly. Great flick for everyone, not just the kids.

Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry(1971)

Supremely...bad-ass. Clint Eastwood is the ultimate maverick, and he shines in this thriller. I had to laugh at some points in the film because it seems that Harry's go-to thing is to say something totally intense and somewhat comical and then walk out of the room. A+ in my book.

The Killing Fields

I just finished watching this last night. I watched it in increments, which my Mom yells at me for, but it didn't affect the story for me or anything. Well anyways I thought this movie was pretty good. Sometimes I dazed off during some of the plot, but for the most part I was entranced...by Sam Waterson's intense acting, by John Malkovich's needed scenes of sailor-esque swearing, and by Ngor's ability to keep my eyes on him in every scene. Overall, this was pretty fresh.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)
½

The first time I saw this movie I was so intrigued...I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. Every detail was perfection. The plot, the acting, everything, was so spot-on. This film sets the standard of what a great film SHOULD be.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia(1993)
½

Seriously a killer flick. I thought I'd seen the best of Tom Hanks's acting in Forrest Gump and Cast Away, but man was I wrong. This movie was on my "Want to See" list, so I finally rented it from the library. Denzel Washington deserves an honorable mention too, don't get me wrong. But Hanks far passed my expectations and this movie is a true testament to his acting skills.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

I had high expectations for Pulp Fiction...and this movie met them!! I couldn't keep my eyes from the screen in fear that I might miss even the tiniest detail. Sam Jackson was superb. He really commanded the audience's attention, and personally I had no problem giving it to him. Travolta was nice well...smooth and cool as usual. This movie now earns a spot in my "Favorites" list.

Scent of a Woman
½

This movie caught me off guard a little. I previously have only seen Pacino in The Godfather (numero uno), so this role was sort of shocking to me...in a good way. In the first scenes that Pacino appeared in, I almost didn't like his acting...it seemed weird and forced, like I could tell he was just saying lines. Man was I wrong. The more I watched the movie, the more I saw how committed he was to this role. It wasn't just the way he delivered his lines, it was his whole PERFORMANCE. I started to believe he was Colonel. Overall this film was great, I even appreciated O'Donnell's performance. Pacino's Oscar was well-deserved.

Wanderlust
Wanderlust(2012)
½

Finally a movie that actually had some comedy! Although at some points there was too much cursing, this was a good choice. Cute ending, and funny plot. Gotta love Paul Rudd! <3

500 Days of Summer

This movie is hillarious. It also managed to pull at your heartstrings...which rarely happens in movies nowadays. The acting was fantastic, the comedy was wry and quirky. The plot was cute and charming. Really, what else is there to say?

Dr Seuss' The Lorax

Animation was great, it was nice in 3-D. The plot got a little slow at some points but overall a nice family film.