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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Resident Evil
½

Not anything award-winning, but still a good popcorn movie-night flick.

Still Life (Sanxia Haoren)

Beautiful. And so ugly. Yet, somehow, the ugliness only seems to enhance the beauty. I did feel that the plot could have been executed a little better, but the musical score and cinematography more than make up for what is lacking there. Jia Zhang-Ke is an incredible filmmaker, and I definitely will be checking out his other work.

In the Mood for Love
½

Do only Asian filmmakers know the difference between love and sex? In a Hollywood film, you always get the latter, while the former is severely underdeveloped. But no, not in this film, a story of 'platonic romance.' The only other film that I have seen that hasn't made the mistake of assuming 'love' and 'sex' are synonymous is Takeshi Kitano's "Dolls." In the Mood for Love is an incredible film, and has earned my respect a hundred times over for it's masterful filmmaking.

Amélie
Amélie(2001)
½

Would have been exponentially better without all the gratuitous sex scenes.

Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass)
½

Slow and boring, in my opinion. The only thing I liked was the wisdom of Mr. Bagheri. Although the plot idea is intriguing. I'd like to see a remake someday.

The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)

It may bore those who are too familiarized with the modern film era of constant action, but for me: I loved it. I found the performances to be fantastic; Jof in his goofy, fatherly role; Jons with his sarcastic, straight-faced demeanor; Antonius, passionate in his never-ceasing pursuit for knowledge of the existence of God; and Death--how could anyone forget Death? Ubiquitous, cunning, clever Death.

My only problem with the film was that the promised thought-provoking religious and philosophical viewpoints were replaced with meaningless comedic scenes. I would have preferred to watch an intelligent film controversially prodding at said religion and philosophy, instead of tolerating the disappointment of only slightly funny comic reliefs.

That said, I stand by my original statement; The Seventh Seal is a classic.

Dreams
Dreams(1990)
½

Beautiful and surreal...but overall kinda boring.

Martyrs
Martyrs(2008)
½

Brutal. Intense. Powerful. And incredibly, the blood, gore, and violence somehow don't overshadow the plot.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)
½

Alongside The Pursuit of Happyness, this film is one of Smith's best regarding his performances.

Paranormal Activity 3
½

The creators of the first and second PA probably recieved feedback complaining about the slow progression of their previous films. Therefore, they made PA3 much more fast-paced, which, overall, I think was an improvement. This movie was creepy. And, you know what, I may even raise that to a "scary." I was literally biting my nails all the way through. It had some genuine horror moments, and the lack of a soundtrack where there usually is one just made me that much more tense. A great horror film. Can't wait to see the next one.

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

Absolutely one of the best movies I have ever seen. A bajillion stars.

Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)
½

It's a very slow-paced movie; definitely not one for action-lovers. Despite the slowness of the screenplay, I found myself appreciating it's simplicity. Not my favorite movie, and I probably won't watch it again for some time, but it was still decent enough to be worth reviewing.

The Phantom of the Opera
½

It's no secret that Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossumm can sing; they are both very talented musically. However, while Butler gave a decent acting performance, Rossum fell short. This is why I feel casting her as Christine was a bad move. As much as Rossum (and her clueless character) irritated me, I still enjoyed the movie. The music was stunning, and the visuals were aesthetically appealing. The story is amazing, as it always has been. Overall, not a complete bomb.

The Day After Tomorrow
½

Like Volcano, I find The Day After Tomorrow to be a boring and typical survival story. However, I still watch it occassionally, since it's not a complete bomb.

Volcano
Volcano(1997)

Even though the volcano in this film rises up instantaneously in the middle of L.A., it's still a pretty typical survival tale. Nothing special, it's actually quite unremarkable.

Snow Queen
Snow Queen(2002)

Ahhhhh, I love this one. I am very susceptible to the "guilty-pleasure" films, and this is a big one for me. Acting performances aren't too bad (with the exception of Chelsea Hobbs and Meghan Black), and the fairy-tale quality is maintained steadily throughout the course of the film.

Snow White: The Fairest of Them All

An amusing TV movie, one of the more obscure remakes of the classic Snow White. It was fluffy, but still enjoyable.

Signs
Signs(2002)

All of Shyamalan's films tend to be a hit or miss, and with it Signs, it'd be the former. It was clever, creepy, and suspenseful. Great movie.

The Lovely Bones
½

The Lovely Bones kind of drags on and on and on. It was a struggle to get through without really long breaks every few minutes. And while it was a unique story, they could have done a bit better with it.

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense is considered to have the ultimate twist ending, right beside Saw. I loved this film, Haley Joel Osment was great (but then again, he always is, e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Pay It Forward, Kingdom Hearts, Secondhand Lions, see what I mean?). Everything about The Sixth Sense was great. M. Night Shyamalan hasn't been able to top it since (poor guy).

The Client
The Client(1994)
½

I love this film. Susan Sarandon was awesome in here. That, and I am a fan of John Grisham's crime thrillers. One of his best, by far.

The Grudge
The Grudge(2004)

I guiltily admit: I actually like the Grudge movies. Not because I feel they have brilliant plot and character devolpment, or because I think they should win awards. Quite the opposite actually: I acknowledge how stupid these films are. But, you know, we gotta have our stupid horror movies to fill the spaces between the good ones. This just happens to be a very good stupid.

Unaccompanied Minors
½

Good for kids, but will probably bore everyone else.

Stephen King's It
½

LOVE this movie. I laugh every time I watch it.

The Haunting in Connecticut

Not an original plotline (I mean, c'mon: haunted house with a dirty history? WAY overdone). However, it was well-acted, entertaining, and oddly likable. I think it may be one of those guilty-pleasure type films.

Dark Water
Dark Water(2005)

I started this film expecting a horror film. Instead, I got a drama about a single mother struggling with a messy divorce. Not to mention a little ghost story on the side. I've seen the original, and read part of the short story, and this remake slightly softens the horror elements and gives things a deeper meaning. I love the soundtrack and atmosphere. It was great, fantastic. Why didn't Jennifer Connelly win an award for her amazing performance? You got me. She deserved it. This has got to be one of my absolute favorites of all time.

Duma
Duma(2005)
½

How could anyone hate this film? Everything about it was fantastic. Definitely one of my favorites.

Young Frankenstein

Hilarious for all the wrong reasons. And the right ones too. Gene Wilder was fantastic, as well as the rest of the cast. Take time to see it.

Paranormal Activity 2
½

A little slow and boring, but still good. And worth watching, because after PA2 comes PA3, which I think was fantastic...

Saw III
Saw III(2006)

This is where the greatness of the Saw series comes to an abrupt halt. The excessive gore completely eclipses the plot, and everything was just a mess.

Saw II
Saw II(2005)

Another great twist ending, as with the first Saw. I find that I enjoyed it, and I am again amazed at the stuff that these guys can come up with.

Saw
Saw(2004)
½

I swear, the screenwriters for Saw are potential serial killers. Really, this film was creative and, well, yeah, a bit sick. Some find it appalling, gross, etc. I think it was a great story with a hell of a twist for an ending...

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
½

Big fan of the books, and I felt that including the first 3 books into one movie was a smart move. And Jim Carrey was perfect for the role of Count Olaf.

Facing the Giants
½

The acting isn't great by any means, but the script was good and well-intentioned.

The Uninvited

The Uninvited is a remake of the 2003 film A Tale of Two Sisters. While they both have confusing plots, I think The Uninvited did a better job of explaining things than the original did. It was a little less complicated. However, overall, I'd say the original is still the better film. When I first saw The Uninvited, I had no idea it was a remake of the Japanese horror film. By itself, I guess it's alright. Not fantastic, nothing award-winning. It's one of those horror-movie-night type films that you don't take seriously.

Tomboy
Tomboy(2011)
½

I, personally, do not support gay rights. That said, I still very much enjoyed this film. It does fall under the Gay & Lesbian film category, but it doesn't exactly center on sexual orientation; rather, the basis is about being comfortable with what your personality is. The acting performances were fantastic, especially Zoe Heran. I actually found myself referring to her as "him" in my head through most of the film. Tomboy had a quality that was, for lack of a better word, honest. The only other film that I can attribute that adjective to is Nobody Knows. Overall: Tomboy is superb. Don't hold out on seeing it, even if the subject matter collides with your beliefs.

Un Chien Andalou
½

...I don't think it even tried to make sense...

The Hunger Games
½

A decent adaption of the bestselling novel. Nothing spectacular though. It was easily forgettable.

The Invisible
½

Great soundtrack, acting performances, cinematography, script, etc. There were a few things here and there that were the main sources for complaint from most viewers. But the fact that I can love this movie despite all of it's flaws just makes it that much greater. I acknowledge that this is not a film for everyone; but if you're like me, you'll want to see it.

Howl's Moving Castle

Original, entertaining, with quite a few moments of genuine humor. Admittedly, the plotline is very fantastical. But then, that's the whole point, isn't it?

Benny & Joon
Benny & Joon(1993)

Benny and Joon has got to be one of my favorite romantic comedies, which is saying something, since I'm not a huge fan of the genre. It's a great film. Take time to see it.

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Saibogujiman kwenchana)

Quirky, different, amusing...thoroughly enjoyable. 5 stars:)

Pulse
Pulse(2006)

Not award-winning material by any means, but I was entertained all the way through. A great horror-movie-night type film.

Funny Games
Funny Games(1998)

The best casting job I have ever seen. Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Muhe, and Arno Frisch give outstanding performances. The screenplay is raw, realistic, and the lingering camera shots accompany the haunting premise to perfection. Hollywood could never pull off something as fantastic as this.

The Thing
The Thing(2011)
½

A decent attempt at a prequel to the Carpenter masterpiece. Good CG, and if viewed as a stand-alone film, it could hold it's own. However, it falls flat when compared to it's predecessors. And somehow I don't think many people will be able to resist comparing the films.

Jack and Jill

Anticlimactic and badly structured. Overall completely forgettable.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
½

Bad plot structure, very rushed, historically incorrect (omitting all vampire-related "facts"), and it relies solely on it's graphic and drawn-out fight scenes. Tim, I'm disappointed in you. This could've turned out better with a well-written screenplay.

Dolls
Dolls(2002)

Amazingly beautiful and beyond the level of any other movie out there. It is perfect, unique, and...there aren't any adjectives worthy of this film. It's indescribable.