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Different , But a Snyder film nonetheless

Posted : 6 years, 5 months ago on 26 March 2011 05:43 (A review of Sucker Punch)

From director Zack Snyder ,the famed director of watchmen and 300, comes his most imaginative film yet. Sucker Punch is about the tragedy that befalls Baby Doll(Emily Browning) her mother is killed by her abusive step father, who then comes after her and her little sister. Baby Doll then confronts her step father with a gun she shoots and misses her target killing her little sister. Baby Doll is then sent to the Lennox House ,out of Brattleborro VT., for the mentally ill. Here Baby Doll meets a Motley Crew of other mentally Ill patients like herself. Consisting of Sweet pea (Abbie Cornish) rocket (Jena Malone) Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Amber (Jamie Chung). Once Baby Doll has been accepted into the ward she realizes that the ward is actually a business front for Dr. Vera Gorski and her lover Blue Jones (Oscar Isaac). A business that "doesn't keep things without a purpose" and creates shows and fantasies for men and other paying clients. Baby Doll then realizes that she must fight for her survival and fight through her dreams as well. Scott Glenn plays the wiseman Baby Doll sees in her dreams and gives guidance and life advice at every step through the movie. Sucker Punch does have a redeeming quality about it and it is one of the most visually fun to watch movies made in quite some time.


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Mildly entertaining

Posted : 6 years, 8 months ago on 20 January 2011 03:55 (A review of The Green Hornet)

The Green Hornet is nothing short of a screwball comedy badly written. Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of James Reid(Tom Wilkinson) a Business man and mass media reporter. James was nothing but cruel to Britt in his youth , so its no wonder, as to why Britt is an avid partier. On the flip side Kato(Jay Chou) was the mansion mechanic and maid. The viewer doesn't discover this until Britt wakes up one morning and realizes his coffee sucks. Only then does he storm out of his mini-mansion into the main house and yells "why does my ****ing coffee taste like Sh**". The villain is Chudnofsky played by Christoph Waltz of Inglorious Basterds. Waltz is denied any decent scenes of dialogue or comedy; as this is what got him the role in the first place. Cameron Diaz appears to have the only normal life of anyone in the film and plays the love interest for not only Britt, but Kato as well. This remake is nothing but a crappy comedy that makes us wonder what the studios were thinking when they gave it the "green Light". Because only when Britt's father dies do our characters actually want to make a difference in their lives. The Green Hornet was Written by Rogen, who can't help but yell half of his lines, and Evan Goldberg, Both whom wrote Drillbit Taylor, and was directed by Michael Gondry(Be Kind, Rewind) who should question his recent choice of films.


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Clones Who Can question and Think

Posted : 6 years, 9 months ago on 6 December 2010 05:52 (A review of The Island)

You wake up every morning, your clothes are clean, your shoes in the same place you left them the night before, and you go to your job. Life is normal, or so you think. The lottery and it's prize, The Island: the perfect utopia for mankind to reproduce after "the contamination". The lottery is believed to be random but Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor) ,a clone housed in an underground former military bunker, is beginning to question his environment and everything in it. What Lincoln doesn't know is that he is "spare parts" used for the well being of his "sponsor". This action-Thrill ride from Michael Bay( Bad Boys) questions cloning. Is it right to create life only to kill it for a paying customer? The Island features a great villain (Sean Bean from Goldeneye)and a great supporting cast. Which is made up of Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Dijom Hounsou. The acting is superb from Ewan McGregor and supporting cast but Scarlett Johansson like any female in a Michael Bay movie is here mainly to provide some T&A and some company for our main character. Which at times is depressing to see someone who has great talent used for a simple role such as this. However, the Island, is no doubt still an entertaining and great action movie for Sci-Fi fans.


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An Excellent movie with a pre-determined ending

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 18 November 2010 08:56 (A review of Conviction)

Has something ever happened to you that you knew you weren't responsible for? Kenny waters (Sam Rockwell) a struggling family man and uncle is accused of murder and convicted of it. The evidence against him is solid, all of testimonies from people he knows, says he killed Katherine Bowman. The blood type found on the murder weapon matches that of the victim. Kenny is going to jail whether he likes it or not and no one believes him except for his sister Betty Anne Waters( Hillary Swank). A working woman and a mother of two. Determined to prove the system wrong and prove her brother's innocence, Betty, begins an education in Law. Conviction not only shows us that the system has it's flaws but also that with the human determination anything is truly possible. Conviction is based a on true story and has powerful performances from both Rockwell and Swank and it's message is clear and concise, definitely a worthwhile film.


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Entertaining and very apropriate for today's world

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 4 November 2010 02:52 (A review of Tomorrow Never Dies)

Pierce Brosnan returns for his second outing as James Bond in this High tech; action packed bonanza. The opening sequence in this film starts off on a Russian Border in which many of the world's major terrorists happen to be hanging around. There is plenty of weapons and as the scene progresses Robinson (Colin Salmon) starts naming off their names as if it's child's play. Then Bond comes in and cleans it up with flare. Then again that's typical for most Bond films. The plot in this film is simple yet it is incredibly smart and sophisticated. Eliot Carver(an incredible Johnathan Pryce) is our main villain; hell bent on creating world war three in the southern china sea. "words are the new weapons and satellites the new artillery" an appropriate line for a movie about creating war in a world so media based as ours. With a great script form Bruce Fierstien(Goldeneye) and the excellent direction of Roger Spottiswood(Species) it's no wonder why Tomorrow never dies is such a pleasure to watch again and again.


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Movie of the year, A wild ride

Posted : 7 years ago on 24 August 2010 06:44 (A review of Edge of Darkness)

Edge of Darkness Stars the recently controversial Mel Gibson as Tom Craven; a Boston detective who has lost his daughter Emma (Bojana Noakovic)to a mysterious shooting outside of his home. Not much is known about her death but as Tom starts to investigate things about his daughter, he soon finds that she worked for Northmoor. A nuclear weapons facility that works under the order of the president to build raw materials and assemble them once the order has been given. what Tom soon finds is a conspiracy theory that should make you shudder when you think about it. However, along the way we meet Jedburgh (Ray Winstone in possibly the performance of his career) who is hired to look into Northmoor by senator Jim Pine (Damien Young). Edge of Darkness is a suspenseful thriller that makes you think , but what makes the movie great is the relationship between Craven and Jedburgh. This film is beautiful to look at as well thanks to cinematographer Phil Meheux and director Martin Campbell(Casino Royale), I wouldn't miss this.


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Good and anoying at the same time

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 14 May 2010 02:44 (A review of Iron Man 2)

Robert Downey Jr. returns in this action packed sequel as our favorite ironclad hero. After having revealed his identity in the first film Tony Stark is asked to turn over the "iron man weapon" to the United States Government for study. So the Government can do the invetiable of mass producing it and giving it to Military. In the press conference Stark acts like it's a joke and tells the senate that it's uselss unless he's in it. All is not well for Stark industries either with it's new compettitor ,Hammer Advance Weapon Systems ,run by Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Stark's new enemy is Ivan Vanko(a superb Mickey Rourke) who's problem with him is not all that clear. Pepper Potts(Gwyneth Paltrow) is not the only eye candy anymore ,when Natalie Rushman(Scarlett Johanson) shows up at Stark industrie's front door. Later on in the film we are introduced to Nick Fury(Samuel L. Jackson) the director of S.H.E.I.L.D. who merely stops by to tell Tony to step it up. Iron Man 2 is a good sequel with one major flaw , throughout the whole movie the actors are yelling over each other. This annoyed me and for a movie that speaks to the nation's youth it's pretty childish. One would think that director Jon Favreau would not let this bog the movie down. this stops about three quarters through the movie , just in time for a big finale. Regardless the same cast of the first film returns plus a few and minus Terence Howard. Who was the highest paid actor in the first film and when offered a lower price to do the sequel, refused it. This loss is not felt even for a moment, Don Cheadle does a good job at the subtle character, and best friend of Stark. The film is still worth a look at.


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Good but, but lacks closure

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 14 May 2010 02:11 (A review of The Losers)

Given orders to make sure a bombing in Bolivia goes as planned, Clay(Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his CIA Black OPS team are sent in. The team quickly realizes that children are involved they decide to get them out of the picture. All goes as planned when the team gets them out, until they board the helicopter. Like any decent action flick out there, the copter is shot down and the kids die. The plot in this movie is simple, get revenge for the death of the twenty-five kids. We quickly discover that Max is to blame and the reason why the government thinks Clay and his team have been kiled. Clay's team consists of a computer expert named Jensen (Chris evans), Pooch (Columbus Short) the demolition expert, Cougar the long range sniper (Oscar Jaenada), and Rogue (Idris Elba) the weapons expert. In the aftermath of this Horriffic event, the team realizes that they have been betrayed and decide to go after Max. Things get complicated when Clay meets Aisha (Zoe Saldana who acting is improving as the number of films shes' in increases) who has some mysterious connection to Max and offers the team an out. The Losers is a fast moving film that is good , but lacks closure in the finale. I found myself asking the question in the movie's finale "did these people redeem themselves at all?". The simple truth of the matter is it doesn't make a difference because we may be seeing a sequel out next summer. Needless to say that the film is based on a popular comic strip. If you are looking for action this is for you, but if you want closure to a presented problem look elsewhere it's not here.


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Excellent

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 31 March 2010 05:02 (A review of Law Abiding Citizen)

Law Abiding Citizen is an intense,fast paced and suspenseful film that should not be taken lightly. Clyde Shelton(Gerard Butler) is an every day person who works as an engineer and has a family. until his house is broken into and his family killed by ames and Darby (Christian Stolte). During proscution ames is sentenced to death and darby gets away.Due tot he fact that Nick Rice(Jamie Foxx,Collateral) is looking out for his career. Flashforward ten years later; ames doesn't die due to faulty lethal injection machinery and we find clyde shelton very pissed off and with a plan. Law Abiding Citizen is basically a big F-you to our justice system and how far a determined person is willing to take something so fragile as this tragic story. Law Abiding citizen co-stars Bruce McGill(Elizabethtown), Leslie Bibb(Talladega Night:the Ballad of Ricky Bobby),Gregory Itzin(24),Colm Meaney(star trek: Deep space Nine) and Regina Hall(Malibu's Most Wanted);and is directed by F.Gary Gray(The Italian Job Remake)


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the jokes keep on coming

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 11 March 2010 03:48 (A review of Cop Out)

Kevin Smith returns for another outing with Cop Out, a very funny and smart film.Despite the two name changes it underwent during the rating proccess with the MPAA; Cop Out still meets fan expectations, because the dick and fart jokes are a plenty and clever.However, Kevin Smith did not write this piece of ingenious comedy and it seems like he has; this is not case the writing credit goes to Rob and Mark Cullen. Jimmy Monroe a cop(Bruce Willis) has to come up with forty-eight thousand dollars for his daughter Ava's (Michelle Tractenberg) wedding. Meanwhile Paul Hodges Jimmy's partner(the hullarious Tracy Morgan) is worried that his wife Debbie (Rashida Jones) is cheating on him with their neighbor. As if things aren't enough for this doomed duo, Jimmy and Paul have to deal with Barry Mangold(Adam Brody)and Hunsaker(Kevin Pollak)two cops that are Jimmy and Paul's exact opposites, who don't exactly like them. Needless to say the plot in this film comes quick with many laughs. Cop out is fun not to be missed out on.


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