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08-03-10, 3:12 PM

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The Musketeer (2001) - I have seen so many musketeer movies from cartoon versions to real people that it's ridiculous. Lol My favorite is the one with Chris O'Donnell, Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt (what an awesome crew to have), so I was pretty iffy about this one.


Have you seen the one from 1973 with Charlton Heston, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Lee, Raquel Welch, etc? That's widely considered to be the best, and easily the favorite among the versions I've seen.

I actually haven't seen that one yet. I'll definitely have to go out and rent it or something. Thanks so much for letting me know about it!! ^^
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08-19-10, 3:22 PM

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The Expendables (2010) - Honestly, with this movie I didn't give a crap about whether or not it had a plot...all I cared about was seeing pretty much every famous action star in it. It had pretty much every type of "action" in it, throwing knives, guns, explosions, martial arts, wrestling, car chases/fights, planes, a small army, etc...and seeing the new automatic shotgun in play was amazing. It was awesome seeing Jet Li, Jason Statham, Stallone, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and a bunch of others in a single movie. Plus there was still the "hot girl" and government corruption aspect to just about any action movie. Lol Basically, if you just want to sit down and see none stop action with things blowing up every 5 minutes and guys with huge muscles...this is your movie. I loved it.
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09-11-10, 10:07 AM

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The Runaways - Alright so I watched this movie last night and I went in having high expectations. I had wanted to see this film since I had heard about, I'm a huge fan of The Runaways and an even bigger fan of Joan Jett so when I sat down in front of the TV to watch it, I was excited as hell.

Within 30 minutes my excitement had dropped to 50%.

Within the hour it was down to about 15%

And by the hour and 30 minutes mark I was just praying the movie would hurry up and end.

First off, the casting was piss poor. You would think that when casting for a movie that would mostly be about the music, they would at least choose actresses who could actually sing like the original group. And that's where you would be dead wrong. Kristen Stewart, who I hated already, was selected to be my childhood sex goddess Joan Jett. And she fails horribly. At the beginning she tries singing and it sounds a lot like babies dying as they are chopped into little pieces. I was literally wincing, as was everyone else in the room who liked Joan Jett. Also, I play guitar, the bitch who was pretending to be Joan Jett wasn't even doing it correctly for the majority of the movie. At least after about the halfway point they had the actresses lipsynch to the songs, making them wonderful if you closed your eyes.

But then again maybe I'm being too harsh.

Suffice to say that this movie could've been brilliant, absolutely brilliant, but bad casting, worse acting, horrific singing (listen to Kristen Stewart try and sing 'I Love Rock and Roll', which I think is the best showcase for how crappy of a voice she has) and multiple segments that just seemed completely pointless just ruined it. I mean honestly there are so many segments about drug usage but when Cherie Currie overdoses it's horribly downplayed. But during the many long pointless segments dealing with drug usage I found myself thinking, 'Yeah we get it, they're rock stars, they do drugs, let's move on...' And then after suffering through all that, there's really no payoff at all.

The band breakup is also horribly downplayed and could've been made much better, I mean this is supposed to be the climax of the movie and half the people in the room didn't even realize that a breakup had happened. Seriously it was that bad. But I think I've bashed it enough.

One good thing about the movie is Michael Shannon's role as Kim Fowley, seriously that is the only good thing at all about this movie. He is just so over the top, just like the real Kim Fowley, it's amazing. If it weren't for him I would've left the room after about the hour mark. However one good performance alone can't hold an entire movie together, and certainly not a movie like this one with so many flaws.

I wanted to love it, I really did.

1 out of 5, and that's being generous.
 
09-22-10, 1:21 PM

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Tristan and Isolde (2006) - I've been wanting to see this movie since it came out, so I'm really pleased that I was finally able to. I'm honestly not a big fan of James Franco (especially after his movie "Annapolis"), but I really did like him in this one. I think it was cast really well and they didn't play up the romance and drama and make it cheesy, but it definitely wasn't on the back burner. The movie was exactly what I expected it to be...a little history, a good amount of fighting, drama, romance, and tragedy. It definitely had a Romeo and Juliet feel to it where a young man and woman from opposing families fall in love and have an affair. I enjoyed the ending and I was happy to see that it wasn't a fairy tale type where everything ends happily ever after (I won't say anymore as to not ruin it for others). The accents were touch and go and I think maybe those could have been done a little better or have more emphasis...more so with the Irish accent than British.

I give this movie a 9 out of 10.
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09-28-10, 7:29 AM

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Jumper (2008) - You know, a lot of people that saw this movie said that it wasn't very good, but I have to disagree. Sure it wasn't brilliant, but I think it was still quite decent. I especially enjoyed the ending because it leaves you to imagine what's going to happen to Hayden Christensen's character and his relationship with his mother and girlfriend. Speaking of Hayden, I'm not a huge fan of him especially after his performance in the three newest Star Wars Episodes, but I have to say he did an okay job in this movie. I kind of wish they didn't leave every character's ending a cliffhanger though. The music was somewhat lacking I thought and some of the fight scenes could have been better, but overall, I enjoyed it.

I give this movie a 7 out of 10.
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11-14-10, 3:49 PM

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Defiance (2008) - One word for all of you...EPIC! This movie was amazing. Based on a true story about three Jewish brothers who lead a resistance against the Germans during World War II. Absolutely touching and inspiring. Great cast of actors including Daniel Craig from "007: Quantum of Solace". Plot was incredible (a tad bit slow in the beginning but it builds up)...music is fantastic...has a very good amount of action and fight scenes...no sexual content...does contain some sad parts of course...and the ending was brilliant. I DEFINITELY suggest seeing this movie if you haven't already.

I give it a 10 out of 10.
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12-21-10, 5:41 PM

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Tron (2010) - Honestly I was disappointed with this movie. I mean, it wasn't terrible but it certainly wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. It definitely had quite a few "slow" (boring) moments in which I found myself literally yawning in the theater but the cast wasn't bad. Jeff Bridges characters annoyed me in that he was speaking 70s and 80's lingo like "man", "far out", "radical" etc. but it was pretty cool to see him playing two different characters in the same movie. I wasn't thrilled with the ending either and I think they could have done a MUCH better job with it. The music was awesome though and they kept a lot of the music from the old Tron. The effects and graphics were amazing though and I especially enjoyed watching the scene where they were on the Light Cycles fighting. There were some flashbacks from the first Tron which were great...but all in all...I would've been fine waiting for it to come out on DVD.

I give it a 6 out of 10.
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12-27-10, 7:40 AM

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Speaking of the new Tron, this is already one of my favorite review of all time;

http://www.bigempire.com/filthy/
"Sekai also works part time as a waitress so she has stamina from serving and balancing plates of food, and is used to working hard in general."

-eturnity, explaining why a petite Japanese schoolgirl would have no problems stabbing a much stronger, awake man to death.
 
12-27-10, 7:40 AM

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Speaking of the new Tron, this is already one of my favorite review of all time;

http://www.bigempire.com/filthy/
"Sekai also works part time as a waitress so she has stamina from serving and balancing plates of food, and is used to working hard in general."

-eturnity, explaining why a petite Japanese schoolgirl would have no problems stabbing a much stronger, awake man to death.
 
12-30-10, 5:07 PM

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I watched House, a 1977 Japanese horror/comedy directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. It's like a really bad b-side horror film with a great sense of humor, the surreal shots were really fun, and I was smiling through out the entire film. 4/5.
 
12-31-10, 6:49 AM

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Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010): Compared to the last two Chronicles of Narnia movies, this one wasn't as good...or at least I thought. It was still a movie I don't regret paying to see in theaters but it was somewhat slow moving at times. The end was fantastic though and embarrassingly enough, I almost started to literally cry. There's a new character (a young boy) in this movie named Eustace and they got the perfect actor to portray him. I read the book a long time ago and from what I remember, they absolutely nailed it. Music was awesome of course, fight scenes still great, and this movie does keep you guessing from time to time. I definitely would see this in theaters if you're a Narnia fan.

8.5/10
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01-10-11, 3:44 PM

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Blue (Derek Jarman, 1993): Amazing film, I could only imagine it would be even better in theaters. It just shows a blue screen the whole time while a guy gives a narrative (on AIDS and other abstract talks) while music or sound fitting to the point of the story plays. I was a bit weary of it at first, staring at a blue screen for over an hour with ADHD didn't sound like a good idea, but it worked really well. The sound was the main reason, besides the great narrative voice the atmosphere of it was perfect. When he was walking in the street you could hear the sounds of traffic and people talking hitting you from all sides, when he starts reciting Indian philosophy and the Traditional Indian music suddenly comes up constantly increasing in volumes, everything in the atmosphere was superb.

8/10

A Page of Madness (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926): I'm pretty sure this is the oldest film I've watched yet. I'm not really sure what to say on it, I don't know the history of the term "Mindfuck", but I wouldn't be surprised if it rooted here. Anyways, as a surreal film the imagery is great, sometimes it's hilarious and sometimes it's ominous, but it's always good and easy to get lost in. An early Japanese classic.

7.5/10
 
01-15-11, 10:02 AM

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Ink is a film I just watched last night because it was in my Netflix cue for the better part of the past two months and the more films I reviewed on that sight, the higher the site said my anticipated rating would be until it got to almost 5 stars. Finally I broke down and watched the thing because I couldn't find anything else that I particularly wanted to see and the plot sounded like something that Neil Gaiman might have come up with.

Suffice to say: I was completely and utterly blown away by it. For the cheap budget that you can tell the movie had, the film quality is only slightly better than the average Youtube video, they managed to make a beautiful and engaging film. It takes about 30 minutes to see what exactly is going on in the movie but after you figure that out the film just grabs you. I couldn't look away until the credits rolled. It also has some of the best fight choreography I've seen in any independent movie. Lastly, the character of Jacob, a blind 'Pathfinder' who wears x's made of electrical tape over his eyes is one of the greatest character concepts in any film I have ever seen.

I've been raving about the film now for a while so I figure to be fair I need to mention a couple of small problems I had with it, some of the acting is relatively weak and you can tell some of the actors are not the most experienced. The production was cheaply made and you can tell from some of the decisions they made, and the confusion at the beginning may put several people off. However none of these small nuances really affected the film as a whole for me, they almost added more heart to it I suppose.

If you like dark fantasy at all, are a fan of stuff akin to Neil Gaiman, or just enjoy a fun independent film on occasion, definitely give this one a try. You may not think it's a 5 out of 5 like me, but I promise that you will not be disappointed.

5 out of 5.
 
03-09-11, 6:24 AM

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Julie & Julia (2009) - Two true stories in one movie. One story tells about how a middle-aged woman named Julia Childs became one of the most dominating cooks in America...an expert on French cooking, which she learned while in France. The second story tells about how the famous French cook's legacy influenced the life of a twenty-something year old modern NYC woman named Julie Powel,l who decided to challenge herself by cooking every single recipe in Julia Childs' cookbook in one year while keeping an online blog about it.

I thought that this movie was brilliant. It wonderfully integrated the two very different together to create a unique telling of two true stories. The main actresses, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, were adorable and I couldn't help but love both of their characters. The way that Adams and Streep present their characters helps you to connect to them on some level, even if you're not a fan of cooking or food. The ending has a bit of a twist and finishes in a somewhat abrupt manner, but overall, it's a acceptable ending to a good story line. The music is lovely and fits each scene perfectly. "Julie & Julia" is a cute, humorous, spirited movie that could possibly teach you something about cooking and life (I know I learned some new things about food).

9 out of 10
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