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Ever saw a movie that makes you look afterwards in the credits, who directed it, and who wrote the story? I did with this movie, and the same name turned up: John Hyams. Now, I have to admit that I expected some kind of B-movie, since Jean-Claude Van Damme is on the front cover (sorry Jean-Claude) but this turned out not to be a movie he wrote, or directed ;). He's just an actor with hardly a line to say. The main actor is Scott Adkins, he is pretty good in this movie. There's a rather complex story that had me guessing what it was all about for the larger part of the movie, but in the end it's all clear-- so that is not a problem for me. There is a lot of fighting in this movie, and especially GORE. My God, I never saw a movie with more hardcore gore then this one. I can take a lot, but this takes it to the next level lol. Often you see movies where you can just imagine the producers to sit around a table and say "Ok, we want this that action scene, lets get those actors.. and then think of a story". But that is not the case in the movie; no where I had even a little bit the feeling "Oh my God they are writing this into the story JUST so you have another fight scene". It's just a good story, with a lot of totally gruesome scenes that are show how much heart the people who made this movie have for detail. I was very impressed. So, much, that the next day I wrote this review on the IMDb, after years of silence.
Meet Dave (2008)
Funny movie, carried by masterful acting of Eddie
I'll admit it: it was the opening scenes, the first few minutes of seeing Eddy acting that hit a spot in my brain causing this movie to instantly become a classic in my mind. I can imagine many reasons for this NOT to happen to people: you can start to watch the movie with certain expectations, you can dislike Eddie Murphy (it's VERY hard to be funny in the eyes of people who dislike you), or you could be distracted at the moment this scene plays (hell, certain morons think it's OK to start a movie and then continue to talk and make "arrangements" (go to the bathroom, get snacks) and not fall silent and pay attention until well into the movie).
That being said-- to me, this happened. I thought that Eddy was being BRILLIANT and I certainly laughed out loud, in a Oh My God - I can't believe this - kind of way :).
I don't give an 'eight' very quickly (I think I give eights's by the time other people give a ten), but I have this list that dictates for me what rate I should give based on what it emotionally does to me. In this case I STILL think about the movie several days later and when I found myself wanting to see it again, if only to see those opening scenes... well, then it qualified as an 8. To me, the opening scenes had the same impact as the opening scenes of 'You don't mess with the Zohan', which also starts VERY strong in the humor department.
However, I'm not giving Zohan an eight... simply because in that case it's humor comes from the script. It isn't brilliant; it's "commercially" put together. It's funny, but I didn't get this respectful feeling for any actor, like Eddie deserves.
Is this movie for you? Well, I think you certainly shouldn't dislike Eddie Murphy for whatever reason; and you should not a problem with stories that aren't possible in real life (it is science-fiction after all, although not aiming at hardcore science fiction fans. There isn't much science at all. Don't expect to see a movie with special effects like superman or spiderman and also not a space opera like Star Wars. This movie is more in the league of sci-fi movies like "Honey I shrunk the kids". A feel-good family movie for all ages.
Love Is the Drug (2006)
The is movie is NOT about a love triangle
I watched this movie because the Plot summary on IMDb says it's about a love triangle. However, there is no such thing at ALL in this movie. It's about "teenagers" (the usual way too old actors) where one girl and one boy are inseparable. The have a mutual friend, but he is not involved in a relationship with either of them. These friends get to know another, rather shy boy, and when they hear he works at a pharmacy they use him to get drugs. In the end this has fatal consequences for one of the people involved, and the life of the shy boy is destroyed along with it.
Love triangle? Where?
I really, really hate to be this misinformed about a movie!
Autism: The Musical (2007)
Absolutely fabulous, adorable.
Having autism myself, I really have been touched by this movie. I liked each and everyone of the children; I'd like to meet them and help them. Unfortunately that will not be possible (I guess). So, I'm going to write the following in the hope that some parents will read it, and help in that way.
What did strike me, often, is that these children are not understood. The parents love them very much (in most cases) and that is good; but they have no real clue what is going on in the minds of their child.
One of the parents said that she tries to 'crack open' a door to get her kid to develop. While I completely agree that lack of development will be the result of the kids shutting out others / the world around them, and living in their own world, often the shutting out has a reason and forcing yourself past that is harmful (or at least extremely stressful). I think that the right way to get these kids to learn something is to do that without force; thus, not for "5 minutes", but through getting them be interested. During the two months they worked on this project they have a learned a LOT, AND had fun doing it.
One of the main problems that people (especially the children) with autism have is dealing with incomplete information. Making a choice while the choice is not 100% obvious. Normal people constantly process incomplete information and just guess, or randomly make choices, drop in formation etc. They don't mind being inaccurate, illogical or even wrong. They prefer doing SOMETHING over taking more time to come to a decision, or even not do anything. A child with autism is aware of all the possibilities, consciously, at the same time-- and is not able to make choices-- to throw away data "randomly" for the sake of getting to a conclusion or decision.
Here are my takes on the respective children:
Henry is doing very well. The main thing he has to do is learn things about social interaction. Someone will have to teach him this like others learn to play a piano, he won't pick it up himself. At the very least he should start to realize that others cannot read his mind (you need to tell him that once (saying ANYTHING just ONCE is enough; even if the kids don't react, they heard you and they will process it in their own pace), just like he can't read the minds of others: therefore it is better to communicate about things that he and the one he is communicating with have in common: the surrounding world, instead of communicating about what he is thinking of. I know that the process of becoming interested in what moves OTHERS is very hard and a long road, but I believe he can be taught that putting time into listening to others and trying to understand THEIR thoughts can be rewarding in the end.
Neal has problems with formulating sentences. This is probably caused by not being able to throw away data (as I said before): thoughts are NOT words. You need to project the multidimensional "thought" space onto the "one dimensional" speech. This process is highly inaccurate and therefore impossible for him. More importantly however, his perception of the world around him is probably very unreal. The processing of his perceptions are distorted, not coherent. When the input can't be ordered and given a place, uncertainty about the perception translates to a feeling of de-realisation: the feeling that things around him do not relate to him as they do in fact. That is a direct reason (because it gives a lot of stress) to disconnect himself from that world: it is often easier to throw ALL data away, instead of making the decision about what to throw away and what not. I think that him not speaking is a direct result of his forced disconnection from the world (or at least, how he perceives it). He is still a normal, intelligent boy however, in there. And he will be very lonely without communication and understanding. It seems that the only person he every communicates with is his mother and that is NOT enough. Even more, she talks too much!!! Neal wants to tell you that he wishes you to be silent. Use less words, more like he does. "Listen" to him by observing him instead of talking an endless stream of words; that does not given him the feeling of contact. The contact, the true "togetherness" is one of emotional understanding; and that needs silence. Long silences will also give him time to find a way to express himself, a chance he doesn't get if you keep talking. Finally, you might want to consult a psychiatrist (or whatever is needed for this) and try a doses of Ritalin: it might help him to concentrate more and to filter better. Here's a story of another boy that needed Ritalin: at one point he told his mom, while brushing his teeth in the bathroom in front of a mirror: I have X-ray eyes! "What do you mean?" his mother asked. "Well, I can see the toothbrush and myself at the same time." His problem, she realized(!) was that he wasn't able to concentrate on one thing at a time: he saw EVERYTHING at once. They started with Ritalin and his condition improved a lot because now he could finally concentrate on one thing at a time for some period of time. Of course, it would just be an experiment and ultimately you'll have to ask Neal himself if he likes the effect or not.
Unfortunately, I had to remove the comments on the other kids because of IMDb's word limit (would have been nice to have known that up front).
Disgusting movie. Please vote 1 to make a point.
This movie is about a killer who shows the torture that ends in death life on the internet: the more people watch, the harder the victims are tortured.
Of course, millions of people log on and watch.
That concept isn't too bad, however, where this movie goes horribly wrong is that each torture is displayed and filmed in detail. You get to see it almost like the people in the movie that watch it over the net. So, WHAT THE F? People giving the movie a good rating are as SICK as people who log on to this site in the movie.
Movies like this should not be made. To make a clear statement, please do NOT watch this movie - but vote on it: give it a one. We have to stop this kind of sick movie making as soon as possible.
Cheung gong 7 hou (2008)
This is a very good movie. I have laughed out loud and cried real tears, and that doesn't happen often! There are elements in the movie like in Shaolin Soccer, and it has some of Gremlins. Not everything that happens is possible (like in Shaolin Soccer), but that doesn't disturb the slightest, on the contrary, it's very funny. The young boy is a very good actor; amazingly so (he appears to be at most 10 years old). If anything is wrong with movie then it's that it's too short. I wish it was twice as long! I can highly recommend to watch this with children, but don't let them watch alone, as it contains a very sad scene that might need some hugging to get through.
What a waste of time and money
Shaky, sick making, blurry images... the WHOLE freaking movie long. This could have been such a good movie. Why did they have to spoil it completely? Man, my room is still spinning and I feel sick. I couldn't bare to watch the screen. Sorry, sometimes I like the funfair but NOT for 84 minutes on a row thank you. The story is OK, I guess; and the sound is normal too (that is, it's stereo and strangely enough doesn't rotate around like the camera constantly does; apparently this portable cam was equipped with two hifi stereo microphones with gyroscopes or something to keep them in the same position). Unless you really, really enjoyed watching the Blair witch project, no NOT go to see this movie. And if you go, you'd be insane to accept any other seat that one in the far back.
Daddy Day Camp (2007)
The movie starts off a bit like a slapstick, with humor more aimed at (very) young kids (although it didn't bother me that much; I'm still a child at heart). The second half of the movie is just good, when the plot picks up, evolving around a rivalry between two summer camps, intertwined with "lessons" about the father-son relationship. Despite that this movie is currently rated on average 1.7, I don't think that any child will be disappointed by it; they just don't vote on IMDb that young. If you want to hire a movie for your kid between 5 and 10 years old, don't be afraid to hire this one and I assure they'll have lots of fun and really feel good afterwards.
Zombie Wars (2007)
This movie is a factor of 2000 off.
This movie has B-film written all over it. The acting isn't extremely bad, just not too good. I'm still amazed that I kept looking actually, and, believe it or not, that had to do with the plot. I DID want to know what was going on. Spoiler follows: What really breaks this movie however is the ending; the final explanation of why humans support this farm is off by a factor of 2000. Somewhere in the movie they say that about 5 humans were killed for food per day... And judging from the age of those who I saw, they certainly weren't killed before an average of 25. Thus, lets assume that 25 IS the average age, then the farm should contain 45625 humans... Sorry, but I only saw a hand full. It simply makes no sense whatsoever. Also, given that by far most of the population of the Earth are supposed to be zombies, and since they only eat people, there is no reason why this very small farm would ever keep zombies from attacking that "village" in great numbers anyway. The very pillars that this movie is based upon make no sense, and therefore the motivation of the zombies, nor that of the people in the village makes any sense. And where were the children? In a human-farm where people are grown for food, there should have been the same number of people of every age, even MORE of the young ones. But you see no child whatsoever?! Yet another "plot" that is nothing more than an insult to the spectator.
Stupid with a capital S.
The first half of this movie is bearable. Although, some inconsistent things happen like people walking around, terror in their eyes, too afraid to look backwards, while nobody at that point has a clue about the existence of the creature. Once they learn about its existence, it turns out that each an every character has an IQ of around 20. If you really, REALLY want to be killed, then you might do what these people do, provided you are lobotomized first.
And if that stupidity (and believe me, it is NOT fun to watch-- it is the only reason that I think this movie is not watchable and deserves the 4 out of 10 that I give it-- it's pure, 100% annoyance that ruins all fun completely) isn't enough; there are other large inconsistencies that are simply impossible, but that apparently the director wants us to take for granted. This eel can bite a man in half in one scene of the movie, and it comes through the waste-pipe of a shower-bath in the next. In one scene it lifts up grown men, throwing them in trees-- and the eel is described to be pure muscle by this professor dude-- while in the end our hero wrestles with the creature, in the water no less(!), and keeps it under control with his bare arms. Yeah right. What an insult. Pure waste of time.