Nov 192009
 

terminator4

Something donned on me half-way through the fourth movie in the never-die Terminator franchise. It was during a huge, awesome explosion that something rang in my ear: cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. No, not the money the movie didn’t make at the box office (a disappointing $371m worldwide) but the amount of cash the studio spent for the special and visual effects extravaganza; yet, they apparently ran out of money to spend on a half-way decent script. It’s as if the studio needed to see where the money was being spent in the form of explosions rather than, oh I don’t know, characters with personalities…

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Nov 192009
 

fourchristmases

I just don’t get Vince Vaughn. He’s one of those actors that somehow manage to be in a bunch of movies, yet they are all pretty much the same dang movie. He’s somehow hopelessly in love with a girl but it takes the entire movie for some chick to realize how much she loves him, or some sort of combination of love and not loving someone. Four Christmases doesn’t stray too much from his comedy genre, so if you’ve seen one Vaughn or Witherspoon flick, odds are you’ve seen them all.

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Nov 192009
 

godzilla

From Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the men who blew up the White House and destroyed every known landmark around the world in ID4 (and subsequently 2012) comes the 1998 monster-adventure that have split audience goers from being a totally awesome popcorn flick to one that completely raped their views on the big green creature. While I could care less how this compares to the Japanese versions, Godzilla has its own problems without making those comparisons.

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Nov 182009
 

up

Pixar is what Disney Animation used to be 50+ years ago. After last year’s fantastic WALL-E (probably my favorite film of 2008 and certainly one of the nicest Blu-ray’s) I wasn’t really looking forward to a Pixar film that focused on humans over animals, toys, insects etc. So I skipped the film in Theaters and awaited its eventual Blu-ray release. Right from the start of the film (a nice homage to the 30’s) I was hooked. Read More…

Nov 182009
 

echo

I can’t really figure out what I didn’t like about this movie. I was trying to like it for the first half, but then literally just gave up after that. The story is really convoluted and pointless for the most part, as are most horror flicks, there’s just something missing here. Oh that’s right, character development. You don’t just throw someone into a story about involuntary manslaughter and expect audiences to feel sympathy for the main character right away. Sure, they might feel a little compassion for the kid. Aside from that though, won’t most people just be cheering for his upcoming death scene that you know isn’t too far away? Read More…

Nov 182009
 

commandperformance

Everyone’s favorite action superstar Dolph Lundgren returns in yet another action-packed smash hit known as Command Performance. There’s not much else to say here, except for the fact that his latest is just like his past film I had to review, which I can’t remember the name of but I do remember it was good and violent. Okay, it was violent.

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Nov 172009
 

negotiator

The Negotiator – the 1998 suspense-thriller directed by F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) – is well written with an amazing ensemble cast and two incredible lead actors in Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. It’s not particularly well polished in terms of the direction but the story is well laid out and despite what appears to be a bloated 139-minute running time, every minute is used to first set up the plot and second dramatically ramp up the mystery and suspense aspects for the second and third acts. Read More…

Nov 162009
 

shorts

This will be a quick review. Shorts is a movie for kids made by a big kid in writer/director Robert Rodriguez continuing on from the modestly successful Spy Kids movies he made in between Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Planet Terror and Machete, oh and he has a fourth Spy Kids in the pipeline. I guess he figures while he’s making movies targeting adults, might as well give the kids something. Read More…

Nov 152009
 

justiceleague

I think what Bruce Timm did with not only “Justice League” but the others as well, was give an animated series that adults can appreciate and one’s that weren’t targeted at kids where the stories can be too simple and the jokes too lame. I still like “Batman” more since I have been a fan since I was 8 but “Justice League” is probably on another level both in terms of animation style and storylines. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

fourchristmases

Four Christmases, though at times funny, is filled with mostly unlikeable characters that you really could care less about, and that includes the two leads with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. And I like both of them even if they don’t exactly give stellar performances even in a romantic comedy genre that rarely produces anything of note (and of late). Read More…

Nov 142009
 

angelsanddemons

Angels & Demons, the sequel to 2006’s The Da Vinci Code, was originally slated for a 2008 release but due to the writers’ strike, it was delayed. Many, myself included, felt The Da Vinci Code was a bloated and boring adaptation to a controversial international best seller that told the story that Jesus took on a wife and his bloodline still existed. However, where there was extreme interest in Da Vinci, such controversies were basically non-existent with Angels & Demons. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

Taking of Pelham 123

There’s always a problem in today’s Hollywood market of actors and actresses of being typecast to the point of me not wanting to see a film. For example, is it believable to see someone like Sacha Baron Cohen in a love flick? Or Leonardo DiCaprio in a film that doesn’t have a sinking boat? Not really, so that brings me to the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123. Travolta and Washington, as the good and bad guy respectively, are amazing in their roles here in the film. The issue here is the fact that it’s something we’ve seen before. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

monstersinc

“Monsters, Inc.: We Scare Because We Care”

Monsters, Inc. isn’t my favorite film in the Disney/Pixar line of mega-hits – that will remain with Toy Story 1 and 2 – but it is one of the most endearing animated movies with lots of fun that kids will love and one the adults will be thoroughly enjoy, meaning it’s not so kid-friendly that anyone over 13 will still laugh. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

Taking of Pelham 123

Tony Scott’s latest thriller is a “remake” of a 1977 movie starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. However, from all accounts, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is not that similar with the original. Either way, I’m unsure exactly what to make of this film. You’ve got two great actors in Denzel Washington and John Travolta and the latter has proven to play cool villains in the past (see: Face/Off), and as good as these guys are, I think the direction and screenplay by a capable men lets them down. Read More…

Nov 142009
 

franklyn

Gerald McMorrow’s oddity, known as Franklyn, channels Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko with a little A Beautiful Mind thrown in for good measure. Franklyn isn’t the weirdest movie I’ve seen but it certainly has strange moments but when it all comes together, even though it doesn’t strike a perfect chord, I still found it to be an entertaining little film which originally was released in the UK earlier this year and then finding a home on the United States’ DVD market. Read More…