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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Second Chance
½

The Second Chance delivers a complex and nuanced picture of inner city life, and the interactions between religion and society. It's not even close to preachy, and sometimes the Christianity seems like a backdrop to a story about much more universal themes. It switches effectively between powerful realism and some more symbolic elements, in the same way an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel might require one to suspend disbelief.

My main problem with The Second Chance was the ending. It's out of touch with the rest of the film, and caught me off guard with its unexpected hokiness. I had enough faith in The Second Chance that I didn't expect it to cast itself overboard like it did, into realms inhabited by a much worse film, but it did. It would have been much more satisfying to see the church deal with the crisis it was presented and thrive despite it, but unfortunately the ending results in an absurd plot device being used to rescue the film from what could have been an excellent opportunity to display the church's perserverance. The early church of Christianity endured monumental struggles, so why did they deem it necessary to replace this factor with and old man sitting on the roof?

Perhaps I'm being a bit too critical, for The Second Chance is still a solid movie. While hindered by the ending, it does linger for some time, and thus it achieves its objective.

The Hurt Locker

This movie is one of the few that genuinely works as a big exciting action movie and a profound war drama. I know people throw that description around a lot, but here it seems appropriate. By no means is The Hurt Locker boring- it's probably one of the most interesting, edge-of-your seat films ever made. But it also take great strides toward artistry- the motivations behind the characters take on an unusual philosophical sophistication, and watching it you begin to understand how these characters are responding to the conflict. It's not particularly political- it prefers to focus on the notion of war itself rather than the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In doing so, it prepares to stand the test of time, and that's what renders it great. The Hurt Locker is not Saving Private Ryan, nor is it Apocalypse now. The Hurt Locker paves its own road, and in doing so turns out quite grand.

Point Break
Point Break(1991)

In a bizzarre way, this movie is quite brilliant. It was never destined to win any awards, but between the former president-themed bank robbers, over-the-top action scenes, and philosophical mumbo-jumbo, something just went horribly right.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

It was decent escapism, just not as funny or clever as the Verhoeven version.

Walk the Line

My main problem with Walk The Line is that it makes a repetetive scene of despair in the troublesome second act. Other than that, it was fine.

Twilight
Twilight(2008)

The writing was pretty dry, but I was interested by this movie because of the ridiculous yet entertaining concept, a few good actors, and gorgeous cinematography.

The Godfather

The Godfather is pure story, with no particular message and little symbolism. It's just a very satisfying drama, and that's what makes it so beautiful.

The Hunger Games
½

The Hunger Games is dramatically satisfying, but it doesn't quite provide enough exposition for the people who haven't read the book.

Thor
Thor(2011)
½

While Thor had a very solid character arc and some really badass action sequences, its story falls completely flat and the movie never justifies the goofiness of its hero's powers. I'm sure Sigmund Freud would have some interesting things to say about the size of Thor's hammer, though.

There Will Be Blood
½

There Will Be Blood had some great cinematography, fine actors, and clever but dry writing. Perhaps I would have liked it more if it was less cynical, but that's just me.

Lethal Weapon
½

In a world polluted with shit like the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie, seeing a movie in which action scenes have actual impact is sort of refreshing.

Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge has one critical flaw, and that is that it is boring.

Mission: Impossible III
½

This was a very neat movie, but it still suffers from some of the contrived melodrama that plagued the first Mission: Impossible.

True Lies
True Lies(1994)

I was really disappointed by this movie. There were some awesome, goofy action scenes, but they were underwhelmed by the awful and cruel prank played by Schwarzenegger on his wife. It's such a shame, because this movie really could have been awesome.

The Vow
The Vow(2012)
½

It wasn't very dramatically satisfying, but if you're into this sort of thing, go ahead and check it out.

Life Is Beautiful (La Vita  bella)
½

Roberto Benigni's performance in this movie reminds me of Charlie Chaplin in City Lights- he is the victim of society's discrimination, even though he brings joy to the lives of everyone he meets.

2001: A Space Odyssey

I think that this is the greatest movie ever made.

The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush is more personal than Chaplin's other films, but it feels a bit more emotionally detached (especially for audiences who don't understand the significance of prostitution in the movie). With that said, there are plenty of great scenes, and this is definitely worth watching for fans of silent movies.

The Circus
The Circus(1928)

In The Circus, Chaplin makes the character's emotions very accessible to the audience. This is my favorite Chaplin film, just because I really could understand what the Tramp is feeling. My favorite part is when he imagines himself kicking that tightrope walker, it's a genuinely emotional moment because we know that the man desperately wants to hurt the guy, but his soul is too sweet to allow him to do so.

Scarface
Scarface(1983)

If you weren't on the edge of your seat with sheer joy and giddy excitement at the time of the final scene, you simply have no soul. Either that, or you have sensibilities. Scarface is quite awesome, and while its almost three hour length is too much, it's the best three hours of watching a fake accented Al Pacino shoot and swear at everything you'll ever witness.

Green Lantern

This movie is an absolute disaster. The main character is completely unlikable to both the other characters and the audience, making it hard to relate to Lantern as he CGIs the living hell out of some really bizarre aliens. The action sequences have nearly no impact, and they exist merely to fill the time. I like shallow movies, I really do (just ask Predator), and to a degree this movie takes itself to seriously. But it's not a cool way to take itself too seriously like The Usual Suspects, it's a lame way of taking itself too seriously, as in being polluted with pseudo-philosophical mumbo jumbo about the power of will. It also boasts one of the dumbest villains in modern film history- no, not the ugly old psychic professor (he's only an accomplice), but the giant anti-will cloud of evil blackness. By the time Ryan Reynolds pushes said cloud right into the sun to resolve the crisis, dumbness had reached new levels never before seen in an action movie. Even the special effects, which many critics praised as the film's only redeeming factor, are awkward and just not worth it. They could have used special effects to make epic action and awesome scenes of destruction, but instead they chose to display big ugly black cloud and Ryan Reynolds in a very awkward green CGI suit. I think this is not only one of the worst movies of the year, but probably one of the most pointless action movies ever made.

Persepolis
Persepolis(2007)

Persepolis gracefully walks on the border between Cameron Crowe-like honesty and subtle Alexander Payne-like drama. Only, the thing is, it's so much more than that. Its characters are strangely endearing, its animation is sparse and powerful, and its story is beautiful.