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Self-righteous without even disguising it
I watched this terrible film on TV only because the plot synopsis made it sound like a genuine exploration of a wide-spread phenomenon. Little did I know that it would turn out to be nothing more than laughable, sanctimonious garbage. I get it that addiction is a real problem. But a teenage boy spiraling down to theft and deception due solely to internet porn? Give me a break. The simplistic juxtaposition between the sexy "bad girl", who, at only 18, has her own pornographic website, no less, and the virginal, church-going girlfriend is not only ridiculous, but also extremely infuriating. Naturally, the sexually active girl is also a liar and a cheat, and gets her rightful punishment, in the form of rejection. I haven't witnessed such double standard morality in ages. I wouldn't have bothered to comment on this film, but, in my opinion, it is dangerous - since what it ultimately teaches teenagers is that sex is evil, and can only lead to bad things. And that's a far cry from a supposedly realistic depiction of a serious problem. Shame on you for making such non-educational trash.
War of the Worlds (2005)
Good start, disappointing ending
The first hour of 'War of the World' was mesmerizing; I can't remember the last time I was glued to my seat, with goosebumps running down my spine. It was all too real, too scary. And the strong effect continued until about midway. Then it all started to go downhill.
It's a well-known cinematic principle in horror films that the less one sees of the creature, it is bound to be more terrifying. Therefore, before we actually see the aliens, they are as scary as can be. And then they come into full view, looking, as a friend of mine put it, like "bad ETs". They were just too cute, too cuddly, too, well, Spielberg-y. It seems that the acclaimed director just can't let go of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', which featured kind and benign aliens. The creatures in 'War of the World', despite their frightful spacecrafts, are nothing more than a metallic version of Gizmo (of 'Gremlins' fame).
In addition, the relationship between Tom Cruise's character, Ray, and his son is absurdly simplistic. It seems that it takes an alien attack on earth for them to finally hug and admit that they love each other. And how the son survived his woes is another unbelievable mystery, which, conveniently, remains unexplained. The one redeeming character is Ray's daughter, Rachel (Dakota Fanning), who so convincingly conveys the emotions of fear and confusion one assumes would be felt during such a catastrophe.
Don't get me wrong - 'War of the Worlds' is not a bad movie; it is simply too ambitious for its own good. If you choose to ignore the underlying (and totally ridiculous) Oedipal undertones and philosophical arguments, what you get is one effective and frightening horror film.
What a great romantic comedy!
Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back. Curtain. Think you know romantic comedies? Think again. In this charming film, Will Smith is Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, a 'date doctor' on a mission: To help dorky, nerdy, shy or just plain helpless guys get the girl of their dreams. Enter Albert Brenneman (the excellent Kevin James from "The King of Queens"). He is infatuated with a top model, no less, and desperately needs Hitch's help. The doctor sets out on this seemingly impossible task, with hilarious consequences. Meanwhile, doc sets his own eyes on Sara Melas, a gossip columnist with an inherent distrust of men.
More subdued than his usual characters, Will Smith is absolutely adorable, and doesn't have to resort to any of his over-the-top antics to deliver the laughs.
This is a great date film, which, luckily, you can also watch with a partner, a group of friends, or even alone. After all, there's hope for all of us...