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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Fantastic Mr. Fox
½

Enormously different from the book (which absolutely must be read first, if you ever plan on reading it any way), but that doesn't detract from its humor, style, wit, artistic interpretation... Very amusing watch.

Parineeta
Parineeta(2005)

Beautifully done film.

Madame Bovary

I found it to be a slow movie, and I really didn't like the portrayal of the heroine, though that could just be the accurate representation of the character from the book (which I have not yet read). Sometime later in the movie, I just took the DVD out and stopped watching it, which I *never* do.

Running With Scissors

The film had very funny moments and was well done, especially with the impressive acting, but I was disappointed at how much the movie would make extremely little sense if one has not read the book before hand. This made the plot seem stretched or contrived, whereas the book is quite excellent and follows perfect sense. As much a I love Augusten Burroughs' books, I don't think this should have been made into a film. Didn't think so before, didn't think so after.

Robots
Robots(2005)

Robots turned out better than I expected. The animation is very nice. It has a few different jokes here and there that aren't actually suitable for kids... but it's amusing because young children wouldn't understand them anyway.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

The story is alright, and the action is definitely over-dramatic in most cases. However, the CGI in Advent Children is nothing short of AMAZING. It gets a lot of points from me for that, and I'm usually a somewhat picky critic of CGI. I also agree with another review that I noticed: the plot can be slightly hard to follow if you're not as familiar with the games. But still... impressive animation work throughout.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
½

Didn't think nearly as much of it as a kid, but I just watched it very recently and have suddenly found it very much to my liking. Definitely a well-made Disney animated film.

A Knight's Tale

Terrible movie with some very funny moments. But aside from said funny moments, I intend on never wasting time on it again.

The Little Rascals
½

Only good when I was a kid...

Richie Rich
Richie Rich(1994)

Good when I was a kid...

MirrorMask
MirrorMask(2005)
½

For me, the absolute feel and flow (disjointed a flow as it may be) of dreams was portrayed exceptionally well in MirrorMask. It took me a little by surprise, though in a very good way. Maybe it's only my own dreams, but for me, the whole feel of this movie was nearly *exactly* what the experience of dreams is like.

Constantine
Constantine(2005)

Constantine turned out a bit better than I expected, especially from various reviews reporting mediocrity. On a side note, I rather liked that there wasn't a love story forced into the plot as too many movies try to do nowadays. In fact, it got pretty blown off in Constantine, which rather amused me in a good way. Keanu Reeves is still a wooden-faced actor, but in this film it seemed tolerably appropriate and may have fit the character better anyway.

I also enjoyed certain parts and ideas of the cinematography, such as the water droplet in the bathtub scene. Thought that was clever.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)
½

It was far too stretched. Spider-Man 3 felt like someone had been scraping around at the bottom of the barrel to pull together a plotline. Oh, and yes... I will never be a fan of Kirsten Dunst. *gag*.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
½

No match for the series, but I think they did a decent job for trying to fit all that WAS in the book into a film-length time span.

The Painted Veil

This movie gradually grew on me. I saw it for the first time on a plane (returning from China!), and at first I thought the beginning was boring, slow at best. In the end and overall, however, a rather nice film, and Edward Norton also does a good job.

The Darwin Awards

Funny, quirky and sometimes even a bit cynical. I like the whole overall idea of the movie, and the fact that it's based on the infamous Darwin Awards. Considerably amusing.

The Illusionist

Good storyline, and not at all a typical or predictable ending. Beautifully sweet. You'll keep turning the story around and around in your head like a puzzle after the movie is over. I feel like it's a movie that would be worth my time to watch a second time in order to catch things that you will not be able to fully appreciate from just one viewing.

(Oh, and that necklace is awesome ;) . )

V for Vendetta

Finally getting to see it, I actually couldn't understand what any of the hype was about for this movie. It was technically well done, and I did like the mass effect of the final scene, along with lots of other effects and cinematography. However, with the exception of the last quarter of the movie, the ideas and some of the plot are practically copies from Orwell's 1984 (think about the imprisonment, extreme sensoring/manipulation of media, etc.) I'm not trying to blame anyone about it, but I just feel many don't realize that the setting of VV is not as amazingly or innovatively original as they think. Finally, people seem crazy about the "V speech," but though I also found the text itself impressive, that was one small part of Weaving's acting in this movie that actually didn't sell to me. You'll dislike me for this, but I found that part annoying.

The Man in the Iron Mask

Thought it was complete crap at first, but it eventually got slightly better as it progressed towards the end. Unfortunately, lots of the acting in this film was bland, unconvincing or otherwise somewhat poor. There was also practically no consistency to the accents between all of the actors in the entire cast. Would have otherwise been a much better movie. Movie overall didn't do justice for a great story and plotline.

Gojira
Gojira(1956)
½

Good for its time.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
½

Was alright, better than I had originally expected. Or maybe after the first one, I had very low expectations.

Vincent
Vincent(1982)
½

Absolutely delightful short that is clever, amusing and ironic (it is narrated by Vincent Price himself, after all).

Blades of Glory
½

It turned out better than I had expected. I'm usually not a fan of Will Ferrell movies.

The Fountain
The Fountain(2006)
½

Wow... remarkable movie. Very moving, and does not follow conventional cinematic norms. Difficult to explain well -- you'll have to see it for yourself.

Bridge to Terabithia
½

The movie does not do the book justice at all, though certain aspects of it were well portrayed. The ending was somewhat terrible. The Leslie that was played in the movie was effective, but still not in the right sense that the book's Leslie was, and the movie character was not quite convincing. On the other hand, there were some considerably good other castings, such as May Belle. Jess was much different in the movie than the book in certain ways, but I felt that Josh Hutcherson did an excellent job in this role.

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

Not a bad production, with some big names in the cast. The music is beautiful and charming. A good adaptation.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
½

Just a cute, funny movie. Not the best romance comedy flick, but good for a laugh.

The Kite Runner
½

Such a beautifully done film, with fine cinematography, moving story, beautiful soundtrack to accompany, and strong and convincing cast. I feel that more Americans should see this film because so much of the so little that we seem to know about Afghanistan and surrounding nations is just the political negativity on the media that we only get to see. This film is simply beautiful, I can't explain it in any other words.

The Dark Knight
½

Outstanding performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker. If I didn't already know it was Ledger, I would have NEVER guessed it was him. Sometimes points of the plot were confusing to follow, but it's nothing missed that will leave you completely in the dark, and overall everything still fits nicely, flows, makes sense. Not a feel-happy movie. I"ll probably scream the next time anyone possibly asks me, "Why so serious?" Likewise, I'll probably freak out if someone tries to show me a magic trick involving a pencil.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
½

Better than I had originally anticipated. Cinematics and scenery design were very good, the fight scenes especially. I wasn't terribly impressed with Emma Watson's acting in this movie, as I originally had a much better impression of it. On the other hand, Tonks and Luna were excellently cast. If you've seen the others, it's very obvious that the movie follows the same formula as the ones before it, but that's mostly expected, and the film was very well done anyway.

Babe
Babe(1995)
½

I think I under-appreciated this movie when I watched it as a younger child (and still appreciated it then, too). The story is cute, sweet, inspiring. I think the feel of the movie was excellently captured, and it's almost hands-down the only live-action talking-animals film that works for me.

Charlie Wilson's War

Well-made, but slow. Could have easily been just as or even more interesting as a documentary.

300
300(2007)

We came out of the movie theater groaning and feeling very surprised/betrayed that so many others had given it such excellent reviews. If you want nothing but plotline sacrificed for melodramatic war speeches and a bunch of males grunting around in loincloths, I guess this is your movie. There were also some good reviews about the CGI that puzzled me. In many places, it was simply poor. Two scenes come immediately to mind as having disappointingly very noticeable green screen effects. I felt like some of Leonidas' speeches were on a small stage with props, not in a big war film. At least the cinematography was artistic, even if sometimes over-the-top with superhero war poses. I wasn't sure why the movie had so many supernatural elements in it, such as the incredibly fantastical wolf of the north and the gorilla-masked, goblinlike Persians (wtf?). I'm sure these were included to put something of interest into the movie, but Gladiator was a similar movie and didn't need to include anything nearly as ludicrous, did it? I felt that they shouldn't have used it as a crutch or support. It didn't work. And the film was overly-dramatic clichés throughout. A waste of my time and the hype.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Not bad, and pretty well made, but it's basically to Narnia what the Two Towers is to LoTR -- It's generally one big battle movie.

The Prince of Egypt

This is undoubtedly a beautifully made animated movie, regardless of what your religious preference happens to be.

Keinohrhasen (Rabbit Without Ears)
½

Not the one of the best romance films I've seen, but it was nonetheless touching/humorous. Not a bad watch.

Hook
Hook(1991)

I saw most of it once on television as a child, but having just watched it now, I realize just how much it means to me even more now that I'm older. Well done, but most of all, a funny and adventurous yet touching movie...

Dogma
Dogma(1999)

... This was a god-awful movie. No pun intended.

My Best Friend's Wedding

The only good things about this movie are a small handful of funny lines, and the superb role played by Rupert Everett.

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

Cute, pleasantly simplistic... A film that I enjoyed and watched over and over again throughout my childhood.

Dolls
Dolls(2002)

This film is lovely but decidedly confusing... I'm not sure if I like it or not yet. I might need a second viewing to decide.

The Golden Compass

I'm afraid to say that I'm a bit more disappointed with the movie than not. The progression of the film rushes and drags at inconsistent paces that aren't always very effective anyway. A lot happens in the book, and I think they tried their best to fit all of it into the movie, but it felt rushed and I'm not so sure it worked as well as it could. The acting was alright but not prime. However, one good thing I would say about the film is that it was quite an excellent visual interpretation of the novel.

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

The movie is merely a precise copy of what is already illustrated in the comic book novel, just animated from panel to panel. Even so, I found the movie a little more tasteless than the book, and personally got much more out of reading it than seeing the film. I suppose it gets some points for being faithful to the original, but then I wonder why they bothered to make a film at all if the visual comic book already accomplished what was necessary and what already worked so well.

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta)

Wow, what an under-rated Miyazaki. I've always seen far less publicity for it, yet it is just as excellent or even better than many of the other Miyazaki films. I was pleasantly surprised.

Ponyo
Ponyo(2009)
½

I wouldn't personally say it's Miyazaki's best work yet, but as always, I am nonetheless undoubtedly taken with the surreal and fantastical environments that he and Studio Ghibli execute so well in every film. Land and sea completely meshed for a day to create an incredible world! A fun watch that may well be partially based on Han's Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid fairy tale...

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Remarkable and moving movie... I found the soundtrack particularly majestic and elegant.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

Surprisingly good! Gives a very solid background story to Wolverine, and feels like it's worth its salt as its own film, not just a weaker branch off the main series.

Eragon
Eragon(2006)

Aside from a fairly well done job on Saphira, the rest of the movie fell pretty flat. Compared to the original story, the film sped through from scene to scene as if scrambling to cram all the material (and that's no little amount) into 100 minutes. Jeremy Irons' talent was wasted on poorly written dialogue for Brom. John Malkovich as Galbatorix was irritating at best. The film turned out to be far too much fantasy cliché at a far too rushed pace to be enjoyable.

Kung Fu Panda

Funny, definitely clever in parts, excellently done animation and artwork. And far less annoying than Mulan. This had a lot of potential to be a really bad movie, but I think Dreamworks avoided that with a pretty nice execution. It's a very cliche theme, but the quality of the production makes it easier to see past that.

The Princess and the Frog

So charming! And beautifully executed! Disney really took the rich New Orleans environment and ran with it. A well-made "return" to 2D.

Alice in Wonderland

Didn't care a lot for the overall ending, but despite that the Alice in Wonderland story has been redone time and time again, I enjoyed this interpretation and execution.

Miss Congeniality

Nauseatingly predictable. The film's only redeeming qualities that earn any stars here are fabulous Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine.

Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (My Sassy Girl)

Sweet, heart-wrenching, utterly hilarious.

Paprika
Paprika(2006)

The line between reality and our dreams is dangerously blurred away, perhaps even completely removed for a temporary while. Interesting concept and foundation story, and also some good anime artwork.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Haha, everything is really all about perspective. A slightly chilling movie, but well executed and thoroughly convincing. Remarkable love story.

Milk
Milk(2008)
½

Incredible, incredible story. A very well made film with a stellar cast (they really nailed the looks down!) and a seamless balance of archive footage and acted filming.

Between the Folds
½

A fascinating documentary that really brings the depth of the art to light. It also features an excellent showcase of some mind-blowing origami and the theories, concepts, techniques and inspirations of the folders who create the pieces. It's a must-see whether you're a fine-tuned, expert folder or you've never done anything more with paper than write on it.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
½

Powerful movie. What a story. Employs some brilliant cinematography to convey the literal perspective from Jean-Do's point of view.

Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms)
½

Amazing and deeply moving film. Widely relevant and emotionally accessible, as the story of loss and coping with grief is one that everyone can relate to somehow or other. It's not a very quick-moving film, but it altogether feels very whole, and feels very conclusive at the ending. A journey to find peace and contentment after you've lost something forever.

Dear Frankie
Dear Frankie(2005)
½

I cried and cried. Frankie (Jack McElhone) is one of the sweetest characters you can find. A tremendously heart-warming movie.

Please Vote for Me
½

Utterly fascinating, intense, hilarious! A real must-see.

Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man

It's difficult to give this a rating. While some of the acrobatics were unarguably fantastic, the story was more or less completely unnecessary and felt really strained to try and convey some cheesy message in its short 38 minutes. And just when the acrobatics had started to get really impressive, the feature ended. Would have been better even as nothing more than a performance of one of their stunning live shows. Good soundtrack, though.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)

The environment and visuals of Avatar are breath-taking and staggeringly beautiful. It's a shame they were wasted on a frustratingly shallow and enormously boring human-side cast. I don't think I've ever disliked a main hero this much. The good vs. evil plot of the movie, which would have fit well in a film that was intended for a very juvenile rather than adult audience, felt like it was beaten across your head. Subtlety completely tossed out the window. I've watched this film a few times again just for the incredible beauty of and immersion in the Pandoran world, but it also usually involved skipping most "plot-development" sections that have anything to do with largely human-to-human dialogue.

The Proposal
The Proposal(2009)

Once again: I adore Sandra Bullock, but still haven't liked any rom-coms in which she has been cast.

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely)
½

Another cute Ghibli film, well done as usual, sweet, touching, heartfelt. The very end was kind of odd and abrupt, though!

Two Weeks Notice

Hehe... I adore Sandra Bullock, but so far do not think very highly of most of her movies :D .

The Horse Boy

I can't find the words that can accurately describe this documentary story. Mad and unbelievable, but also, so moving.

Becoming Jane

Some artistic cinematography in this film...

Confessions of a Shopaholic

The movie isn't much more than an amusing one-time watch, but Isla Fisher and Krysten Ritter are endearing.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

Well made but I wouldn't want to watch it a second time.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

Okay, it was funny, but I wouldn't trouble with watching it again.

Julie & Julia

Plot was a bit aimless and the end seemed like it could have been explored further. Meryl Streep was wonderful as always, though.

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter)

Chock full of cliches, but truly beautifully made. An impressive movie.

The Last Airbender
½

Visuals and martial arts choreography were wonderfully executed. Didn't really enjoy it otherwise, though.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

Really excellent sequel, but what was with the lame ending?...

Tapped
Tapped(2009)

Extremely biased. Interesting topic and I'm now probably likely to drink even less bottled water than I already do, but I would take the documentary with a grain of salt.

Megamind
Megamind(2010)

Huh. That was a whole lot better than expected. Pretty hilarious, and excellently animated to boot.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
½

Animations is simply gorgeous and highly impressive in terms of animal physiology, but I couldn't get through the film for how forced the plot and dialogue seemed.

Dreams
Dreams(1990)
½

"Dreams" is a very quiet series set in 8 short episodes. An interesting and profound though sad and somber look into someone else's dreams.

500 Days of Summer
½

This is just a wonderfully executed movie.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

It wasn't bad but I have no desire to watch it again.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
½

Why didn't 14-year-old me get to see this film?! I would have been mad over it. As it were, still a unique and hilarious flick. Well made for its concept.

Amélie
Amélie(2001)

What a very odd but endearing movie.

Sleepy Hollow

Another fantastic Tim Burton film. Excellently executed in all different manners, with the usual pleasant balance of Tim Burton style creepy horror and humor.

Bread & Tulips

Delightful, unpretentious film. Licia Maglietta does a superb job playing a character like the person in all of us who occasionally just wants to wing it away and depart from the smothering doldrums of daily life.

A People Uncounted
½

A real eye-opener to the Romani Genocide of the Holocaust, which has been largely overshadowed by the much more widely known and researched Jewish Holocaust.

Winged Migration

Nice film aesthetically - soundtrack is pretty good and footage is fantastic. But the film completely missed out on an opportunity to educate about the fascinating lives and behaviors of the dozens of bird species that they filmed. I can understand if the purpose was to make an aesthetic film as opposed to a documentary, but in that case, why bother putting in the tiny and virtually pointless bits of narration at all?

The Beautiful Country
½

Damien Nguyen does a really fantastic job in the main role.

Food Matters
Food Matters(2008)
½

While this documentary's encouragement of a nutrient-rich lifestyle is good, the data and information is anywhere from dubious to rubbish. It's very peculiarly biased and is likely made to shock and sway rather than give objective view. On one hand, it criticizes our modern culture in its "more is better" approach to medicines, medical cures, etc. yet hypocritically, it features nutritionists who advocate some ideas that if a patient is in need of vitamins to help her get well, then by all means, give her as much as it takes! That approach could have its benefits, but anything taken in such extremes, whether "good" or "bad," leads to imbalance. Don't take your nutritional education from this film.

Samsara
Samsara(2012)

Was at first torn about this film. It seemed like a brilliant documentary from which one could learn a lot about the world but was unfortunately played on silent (with a good soundtrack). But by the end of it, it was altogether a very remarkable, breathing snapshot of what our world is today. A bit slow in parts, but I left the theater feeling very wow'd and having a lot to contemplate....