I'm risking my life basically writing this review. The fans will surely burn me at stake. I was totally disappointed watching it, because I kinda like the novel. But movies and books are different medium, and in the hand of wrong director it becomes disaster.
Seventeen-year-old Bella Swan (Kristin Stewart) moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie (Billy Burke), after her mother remarries. She is quickly befriended by many students at her new high school, where she is intrigued by a mysterious boy named Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). She finds out that Edward and his family are actually vampires. Bella is stuck between the world she doesn't completely understand. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer.
Let me put it bluntly: The dialogue is so awkward, the acting is so bland, and the storyline is not up to its hype. People should just read the novel instead. The novel itself is actually nice, but I won't even compare it to other teen novels like Harry Potter for example. Stephanie Meyer is definitely not J.K Rowling, and it shows how she managed to built new species of Vampires whose not afraid with crosses, sunlight, and cannot be killed by stake to the heart. They are pale immortals with supernatural powers, and glitters when the sunlight hit them. But the movie itself is incredibly boring ass movie. I had to sit in the theater with bunch of teeny-boppers and girls/women who were swooning over the beautiful vampires. Everytime Edward appeared on the screen, girls around the theater were squealing. I have to admit, most of the vampires are good looking -- but it wasn't enough to make me interested. It was the slowest 2 hours of my life.
The plot is very slow. I can think that the movie would be tons better if it was directed by someone else who understand how to handle box-office franchise. The camera works were so blah (although the view and cinematography were breathtaking - I give them a point there), the special effects were so-so, and don't get me start with the acting. They basically just...emote. And to tell the truth, the main characters a.k.a the heroine; Bella is not exactly likeable. She is absolutely pretty, yes. But pretty is not enough. I don't buy that as a new student, people were friendly towards her and immediately befriended her. She became the most popular girl in school? And she didn't even return the affection that her friends gave her. She basically just being emo all the time. Edward and Bella's obesession with each other just drove me nuts. Romeo and Juliet, they ain't. Personally, I don't see how an obsessive stalker is considered to be romantic -- but apparently a lot of people, including my nieces think so. Sorry, dears.
One thing I really like about a great movie is, sometimes you can't wait to see the sequel. Whether or not a movie deserve a sequel (that's another story), the franchise of James Bond will continue forever. And I really like how they come up with a great story to continue. And I'm really glad that sometimes the sequel doesn't suck.
Seeking revenge for the death of Vesper (Eva Green) from previous movie; Casino Royale, James Bond (Daniel Craig) capture Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) to find out about the terrorist organization called Quantum, which is lead by an environmentalist named Dominic Greene (Mathieu Almaric). Blinded by vengeance, he endangered his mission, and M (Judi Dench) has no choice but to branded him a rogue agent. He's crossing path with another rogue secret agent named Camille (Olga Kurylenko) who also seeks revenge towards Quantum. Together they have to destroy the organization. Directed by Marc Forster.
As much I like this movie, I completely HATE the title. What the hell is Quantum of Solace means? I understand the name of the secret organization, and they tried to put it there in the bold title -- but still it's really a bad title. I can accept 'Quantum' only, but not with the whole 'Solace'. I get the whole dramatic purpose, which means roughly as 'seeking a closure'. But still...they could come up with a better title. Other than that, the movie is great. Not as good as Casino Royale, let me be truthful here. But great nonetheless. Some might argue that it lost the soul from the previous movie, but I digress. Sometimes you don't expect the sequel to be much better than the original, a rarity of course to see a better sequel. But it's better than a sucky sequel, right?
The action is more faster and grittier and dare I say, more brutal. It reminded me with The Bourne series. James Bond fights like Jason Bourne; really painful. He rarely used gadgets, but using more of his fists and wits and loads of guns. In this movie, his persona is more cold and more reckless -- albeit is a bit more of Batman; like a vigilante. He exudes charisma and self preserve. And more MACHO. This movie doesn't have any romance or drama whatsoever, and more focused on the action. I dislike the villain who lack of campy style like other villains before him. This villain is boring. Although I do like how Felix (Jeffrey Wright), the CIA agent is back. Does it make it better? Not really. I prefer Casino Royale, but for those who are looking for pure action and great ones, this is the movie. I hope they are making more of this franchise, but better next time.
What happened when you put your childhood favorite cartoon, turned it into a live action movie, put many cheesy dialogues with young and upcoming actors with flat acting, added some cheesy soundtracks, and also don't forget shiny cars and unbelievable storyline, plus Michael Bay...? Well, you'd get this big noisy clunker.
Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) has a crush on his classmate, Mikaela (Megan Fox). In order to win her heart, he bought a car not knowing that the car is actually an Autobot named BumbleeBee (Mark Ryan). Autobots is a race of robot that has been living for millions of years, with their leader named Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen). Autobot is fighting a war with Decepticon, a ruthless race of robot that also has been disguising themselves as machines around humans, with their leader named Megatron (Hugo Weaving). Both races are looking for Allspark; a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possessed it. The humans are now stuck between their war. Directed by Michael Bay.
I hate Michael Bay. He's one of the directors that I really dislike. Nothing personal against him, I just hate how he managed to ruin my favorite cartoon when I was a little girl and turned it into a brainless and pointless popcorn movie. I understand that his movies will always have car chase, eye candy, sexy girl, cheesy dialogue, and shit load of loud explosions. It's his style, and he like it that way. I just wished that this movie wasn't directed by him. I was utterly disappointed. I'm not saying that the movie sucked, my opinion is kinda divided here. Maybe a decent movie, but not something I would be proud of. So many plot holes made my I.Q got lower. So many cheesy dialogues made my ears bleed. So many bad acting made me wanna scratch my eyes out. Seriously, the special effects weren't that bad though. I admit, the car chase and action scene were cool. But other than that? Good God. Spare me. I feel like I was watching Armageddon with robots. Loud with no substance.
The movie focused more towards the humans instead of the robots, which is one of the mistakes I refuse to let go. The movie is directed towards kids... and yet we have a masturbation speech! Was it suppose to be a joke? Because I don't dig stupid joke. We also have pointless characters, like Sam's parents and the army guys such as Captain Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and Sergeant Epps (Tyrese Gibson). But most offensive character would be Agent Simmons (John Turturro) who supposed to be somekind of a goverment lackey. And how dare they killed Jazz (Darius McCrary)!?! Bastards! So many unimportant characters, too many pointless story, wasteful of talents. The only thing I like is Optimus Prime, because he was my hero when I was a kid. But even in this movie, he fell flat. Overall, if you're looking for a movie where you don't have to think about anything (LIKE PLOTS OR WHATEVER) and just focus on the action scenes and cool cars... this is a movie for you. I give 8 points for action and special effects, and I give 4 points for plots, dialogues, acting, directing, and so on.
Love is an ugly, terrible business practiced by fools. It'll trample your heart and leave you bleeding on the floor. And what does it really get you in the end? Nothing but a few incredible memories that you can't ever shake. Love isn't about ridiculous little words. Love is about grand gestures. Love is about airplanes pulling banners over stadiums, proposals on jumbo-trons, giant words in sky writing. Love is about going that extra mile even if it hurts, letting it all hang out there. Love is about finding courage inside of you that you didn't even know was there.
Gabe (Josh Hutcherson) is an 11 year old boy living in Manhattan, New York with his separate parents, Adam (Bradley Whitford) and Leslie (Cynthia Nixon) . He falls in love with his best friend, Rosemary (Charlie Rays), a girl with the same age. When Rosemary is going to study in a private school, Gabe has to find a way to say his feelings to her before it's too late. But will she accept his love? Directed by Mark Levin.
Those sentences I wrote in the beginning are actually quotes from the movie. This movie is really cute. It's not cheesy, it's not corny. No, just the opposite. It's really a good movie which explore your own first love. A great romantic comedy for adults and children alike. Do you remember your first love? This movie is so romantic, I can't believe that the main characters are just little kids. If the main characters are adults, I might believe it also because of the good script. But these kids really natural and really believable. Gabe is trying so hard to understand why he likes girl and why he fell in love with a girl; an opposite sex that he despised before.
When grown ups can behave like kids, I found that these kids are very poignant and very mature, even in their own ways. Let nature take its course, and let them fall in love, break their heart, move on, and making memories about their lives. Gabe is still a kid, and he still have a lot to learn. But even the adults can learn something from him, that sometimes it's okay to behave like a kid and take risks. Gabe is willing to take a chance, and let his heart get broken in little pieces -- but it's better rather than not doing anything and wondering what would happened. I love this movie, I think kids that still learning about love can watch this movie and wonder no more. And I think adults that still learning about love can watch this movie and wonder no more too.
Wait a minute...! Have I seen this before? I felt a sense of de ja vu watching this movie. A boy meets girl, meets boy, girl and boy become friends, boy loves her but can't say anything, girl meets other boy, boy get jealous, girl wants to get married with other boy, boy tries to stop the wedding, girl actually loves the boy too, happily ever after. Ooops, did I tell you the whole story?
Tom (Patrick Dempsey) is a womanizer and states that he loves being a bachelor. His best friend is Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), who he's secretly in love with. When Hannah meets a rich Scottish man named Colin (Kevin McKidd) and decides to get married, she asks Tom to be her maid of honor. Tom decides that he will not lose Hannah and plans to stop the wedding and steal the bride.
Can I say, "My Best Friend's Wedding" anyone? I mean, really -- who are they fooling here? Sure, the characters are switched; instead of Julia Roberts as the best friend who wanted to stop the wedding, we have Patrick Dempsey. The only minus side that this movie doesn't have a gay sidekick, but it's close enough. If you are planning to watch this movie, prepare the expected and don't take this movie seriously. I have an aunt who is obsessed with McDreamy a.k.a Patrick Dempsey, so she watched this movie in a real stalker mood. She asked me why the movie is titled, 'Made' instead of 'Maid'. I had to explain to her that it's a pun; Hannah asks Tom, her long-time friend and unrequited love, to be the maid of honor at her wedding, but Tom realizes that he is in love with Hannah and, supposedly, does the honorable thing by agreeing. Therefore, he is made of honor.
Whatever. I do think that "My Best Friend's Wedding" is better and funnier though. Although this movie does have some funny moments, and Patrick Dempsey is really charming as the leading man, I give him a credit. The scenery of Scotland is gorgeous, made me wanna go there. But again...yes, it's predictable movie. Not necessarily boring though... I mean, if you're looking for a romantic comedy, this is a movie for you. A movie where you and your girlfriends can watch. It is a chick flick, so don't bring guy friends. You can watch this movie with your date, of course. But I must say, there is nothing more to say about this movie. Some people like it, some people don't. What do I think? I thought it was okay, but not that good.
Good Lord, I was laughing so hard watching this movie and my side hurt afterwards. I mean, I never thought the subject of funeral can be so hilarious. I first saw the trailer, and it made me laugh out loud. When I watched the movie, I thought the trailer really delivered. It gives FUN for funeral.
When his father died, Daniel (Matthew MacFayden) has to arrange a funeral and invite his family members, some he hardly seen in years. His mother, Sandra (Jane Asher) hates his wife, Jane (Keeley Hawes). His brother, Robert (Rupert Graves) announce that he can't help to pay for the funeral, so Daniel has to pay all by himself. Cousin Martha (Daisy Donovan) accidently gives her fiancee, Simon (Alan Tudyk) some acid from her brother Troy (Kris Marshall). Uncle Alfie (Peter Vaughan) is a senile old man, insist on being taken care by Howard (Andy Nyman), who hates funeral. His friend, Justin (Ewen Bremner) insists on coming to the funeral to see Martha, because they had an affair once. More trouble comes when Peter (Peter Dinklage) blackmail Daniel to give him some money so he won't tell everyone that his late father was his lover. Directed by Frank Oz.
From the very beginning when the movie started, I was laughing so hard. When the undertaker brought the wrong casket, I realized what kind of movie I was gonna watch. So it was a little bit slapstick, so it was a little bit unbelievable. But who cares? I was entertained and really enjoyed most of the British humor. Well, this is not a regular comedy, but more of a dark comedy -- so if anyone got offended with the theme from the movie, a simple solution is to not watch the movie. But you'll missing out something. It's a mixed up between "Little Miss Sunshine" and "There Something About Mary" if you can imagine what kind of movie you'd be expecting. Almost anything that could go wrong at a funeral, does. This is what makes the film so hilarious. This is not your conventional film family, their imperfections are what made them so real.
The performances were exceptional and believable. Alan Tudyk, who is American spotted a perfect British accent, and he's incredibly funny here. The wackiest funeral you'll ever witness. When I saw the trailer, I knew this was a movie I had to see. I was so glad that I watched it, because sometimes I think that out of an extremely depressing situation, we need a good laugh just to relieve something in our bodies. The thing about Death at a Funeral, all these situations that happen are just horrible, but they made it into something worth laughing at. The actors just looked like they had the ultimate time making this film and enjoyed telling the story and that makes the movie so much more fun. From the beginning to the very end this movie is non stop in the laughs. I recommend it.
Have you ever been in a state of shock after watching a movie, and takes you few minutes to compose yourself before actually saying, "Oh my God. I can't believe how GOOD this movie is!"? That happened to me when I watched The Dark Knight and I thought I was being punched in the face. There are no words that actually can describe how good this film really is. I am speechless. This film is completely unconventional and powerful at the same time. The Dark Knight truly exceeded all of my expectations. You'd feel like you're in a roller-coaster ride, where you don't want to get off. And after the ride is over, you'd feel like you want to take another ride again. Yes, everyone. This movie is GREAT.
Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) continues to fight crimes in Gotham City, with the help of Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) who is being dubbed as The White Knight. They are trying to get rid of the mobsters in the city, including the mob boss Salvatore Maroni (Eric Roberts). Fed up with the officials and The Batman, they hired The Joker (Heath Ledger) to kill them. However, the Joker is also killing the mobsters off one by one. The Joker's plan is to terrify the citizens and throw the city into chaos, and then rule the city. The Joker is the most dangerous criminal that Batman has encountered, and he will need all his strength and vigilance to defeat him. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Written by Jonathan Nolan.
I walked out of this movie in absolute shock. It took me a few minutes before I could even speak and even then I couldn't for the life of me come up with the words powerful enough to describe what I had just experienced. The movie is very intense, the palms of my hands were sweating and I think I was holding my breath for 2.5 hours. Christopher Nolan is genius, and Jonathan Nolan's writing is always superb. I need to worship them now. It's not comic book movie per se; gone the usual fanfare of superhero movies, where it's always black and white. No, this movie dare to go to the gray area and scrub it until it bleeds. If you remember, this movie had the biggest hype ever and everyone seems afraid that it wouldn't be good, even after Heath Ledger's death -- how amazing that the hype is actually true. You are watching one of the best movies of ALL TIME. The Dark Knight is darker, grittier, and more epic than Batman Begins or any Batman films for that matter. It becomes an instant classic like The Godfather, Star Wars, and Titanic.
Let me be truthful here... This movie is all about The Joker. Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker was out of this world, bless his soul. When I watched the movie, I didn't see Heath... I saw The Joker -- the most terrifying and most complex person who will cut you up without hesitation just because he enjoys the thrill. I was so scared watching him, because he completely disappeared into the role. He stole every scenes with his craziness and his violent manners. Like Alex DeLarge from Clockwork Orange, eventhough he's a villain, but he is full of charms and in demand, you can't help but notice him and can't take your eyes off him. I think I'm echoing everyone's statement here; he deserve an Oscar nod. My favorite Joker's quote is "I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger." Everyone's performance was top notch, including Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine as Alfred. Even the minor roles are awesome because they are played by talented actors. But...this movie has flaws. It isn't a perfect movie, and yet I'm easily dismiss it. Some people will notice these flaws, and might not like it. But I really don't care. This movie is simply brilliant.
I waited to see this movie for months because I wanted to see James McAvoy. Me and my friends were so excited to see him in a blockbuster movie, because he usually plays dramatic roles instead action heroes. Imagine my disappointment when I saw the movie and it didn't fill out the expectation.
Wesley (James McAvoy) is a regular office worker when he found out that his father is killed and also a professional asassin, and he shares his killing ability. Fox (Angelina Jolie) and Sloan (Morgan Freeman) recruits him to the The Fraternity, secret guild of assassins who work to maintain order in the world by assassinating evil people before they even commit it. Wesley has to avenge his father's death by killing another assasin named Cross (Thomas Kretschmann). Before he is able to do that, he has to learn how to kill. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
I find the movie very absurd and not in a good way. Sometimes it's okay to suspend our beliefs when watching an action movie like this. I mean, look at The Matrix. But this movie ain't The Matrix, and I strained myself for not letting my I.Q dropped several points. It's not a bad movie per se; I kinda enjoyed Thomas Kretschman and Common's performances -- both of tem are so hot! Common played a gunsmith, one of the asassin, and he looked soooo sexy and cool. I can't say the same thing with James McAvoy though... Admittely he's very handsome, but I really don't know what is he doing in this movie... This is not his kind of role. He looked outta place in this role, because I'm used to see him in a dramatic roles. I can't see him in this sorta super hero film. And during the course of the movie, he uttered so many stupid lines and yelled like an idiot. His American accent also not convincing for me. Bottom line is, he's not up for this blockbuster movie. Stick with drama, please.
There are some storyline that predictable, but there are also some twists that I didn't see. I give them points for that plot twist, but not for the overall storyline. The script is a bit stupid in my opinion. This movie is based on a comic, and the comic is actually much much better. This movie is nothing but a poor reflection from the comic. Angelina Jolie is also gave a flat performance, like 'whatever' kinda acting. And my God, eat something will 'ya woman? Her arms looks frail, and she doesn't look sexy at all - compare that with her performances in Tomb Raider series. Morgan Freeman is also boring in this movie. Either it was his choice of acting, or he was emoting. Sure, there are some great shooting and fighting scenes. But I won't make it as the high point of this movie. If you wanna see a no brainer movie with boring plots and boring dialogue but with kick ass action scene, this movie is for you. I do give the filmmaker for making a point of choice though; will you kill someone to save hundreds, eventhough that someone hasn't done anything yet? It's the Hitler and egg question.
I was sitting on the edge of my seat watching this movie. What children movie? If they added more blood, this movie would be an equivalent for "300". I was extremely satisfied watching this amazing war fantasy because I noticed how dark the movie was, and yet not entirely run away from the spirit of the original story.
A year after their first adventure in Narnia, Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are pulled back in by Susan's magic horn. They find that thousands of years have passed, and Narnia is now ruled by the bloodthirsty King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto), uncle to the true heir, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), now in exile. Now the children must find Caspian and help him depose Miraz. Directed by Andrew Adamson.
This movie is not as tame as "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe". There are darker themes like asassination, treachery, genocide, murder, racism, violence, and hint of sex -- so it may not be suitable for younger kids, but I guess it's okay for tweens. The story itself reminded me with Shakespearean literature like Hamlet and Richard III where there is an uncle who wants to kill his nephew in order to get to the throne. I personally enjoyed it immensly, because I was caught up with the storyline who seemed real, in a sense that it wasn't too children fantasy but more like an epic or colossal movie. Narnia is depicted as more savage and more extreme, unlike the first one where it was beautiful and pure. It's a great allegory for growing up, that people aren't pure anymore and they are turned into something else. The themes of this movie are more mature, and I like how they went to the gray area direction instead the usual black and white point of view.
I love the acting from the actors in this movie, especially King Miraz. He had this evil charisma and nuance, not just playing stereotypical evil person -- but more with personality. Like Othello, who had his doubt and honor and he had to endure trust from the people around him, not knowing those people might stab him in the back. Don't get me wrong, King Miraz is the antagonist in this movie, but had more substance and driven by his own morality compass. This movie reminded me with other war epic colossal movies like "Elizabeth", "Gladiator", "Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers", "King Arthur" or "Quest of Camelot". I was satisfied watching the acting from the main characters, Caspian himself (Good Lord, he's handsome), and the supporting characters. The costumes are great; the villains were wearing Conquistadors, which brings the storyline more ripe. I don't like the ending, though -- they put a pop music - totally unfit with the serious tone of this movie.
It's a breath of fresh air to watch this movie about teenagers, and it's not about gross out sex and drugs and silly slapstick with talented hacks. It's refreshing to see a movie about teenagers with witty dialogue. Although maybe it's innacurate, at least my brain didn't get dumbing down from most of teenage flicks. This one, actually a good discussion movie about friendship and maturity.
Juno (Ellen Page) is only sixteen years old, and she's pregnant by her best friend, Pauly Bleaker (Michael Cera). At first she wanted to have an abortion, but changed her mind, and with the help from her best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), she decided to tell her parents about her pregnancy. Shocked at first, her parents, (J.K Simmons and Allison Jenney) supports their daughter to give up the baby for an adoption. Juno answers an ad for parent, and visit the would-be parent named Vanessa (Jennifer Gardner) and Mark (Jason Bateman). How Juno deals with the pregnancy, the heartbreak, and becoming mature before her time? Directed by Jason Reitman. Written by Diablo Cody.
I was surprised when watching this movie, because I've never heard dialogue that being written so cleverly and witty. The script is funny, and there are plenty of quotes to go around. The movie actually stir away from the heavy tone of teen pregnancy and abortion, instead they made it as light as possible. Sure, it is a comedy after all even though based on a heavy material. The soundtrack of this movie is really the drive of this movie. I love the music by Moldy Peaches with the title "Anyone Else But You." It's a romantic song. Yes, it's an indie movie so it has its quirkiness which I think it's really great. Despite the witty and sharp dialogue, I found the movie is not believable at all. There is no way that Juno will get away in most anything that happened. And she took her pregnancy rather lightly.
Most teenagers will freak out if they have unexpected pregnancy. Her parents are so cool, I don't think they exist in real life. There is no way that her parents accept Juno irresponsibility and let her slide in most mistakes. But again, this is a comedy and a movie -- of course we have to suspend our belief. And teenagers DO NOT talk like that in every day life. "Honest to blog?" Ugh, I hate that quote. It seems they talk like that to be cool, or it's a passe for another memorable pop culture line like the one from "Valley Girl". Juno is likeable know-it-all and maybe a smart mouth most of the time. She wants to be recognized as an adult, whilst she isn't. When she cannot understand something beyond her maturity level, she deals it with the only thing she knows. In real life; she's bitchy and annoying. But because this is a movie, I am willing to let it pass.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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