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King Kong (2005)
Awesome action, but not amazing film
I saw "King Kong" on Tuesday with 3 of my friends. They really wanted to see it, but me not so much, although I was glad I went. At first, knowing that it was 3 hours really turned me off but it actually went by fine, not like "Titanic" or "Lord of the Rings". Speaking of "Titanic", there were a few scenes that reminded me of that movie so much, not to mention "Jurassic Park"...BIG TIME. Watching various scenes made me think of those 2 movies, sneaky suspicion they were referenced and referred to by the director. At times even wanting to OUT-DO Spielberg and have Peter Jackson's dinosaur scenes "up the anty". This leads to scenes absolutely filled with computer graphics. At times it seems that these scenes are merely used to "show off" what the director can do, rather than be essential to the movie. Also at times, I found the script to have a few lines that really try to add humor but just fall flat. There are also scenes with the title character and Annie (Naomi Watts) that just bothered me so much because I had no idea WHY they were included, they just dragged on leaving nothing to advance the plot. It's hard to say exactly what I mean without spoiling it, but they are nonetheless very puzzling. I'm not saying it's a bad movie, but those are the few things in the movie where I personally had problems with! Many action scenes are very, very well done and are successful in being extremely thrilling, so for the moviegoer the film can really give you a good cinematic experience in the theaters. I don't know if you could get the same experience watching it on DVD, well maybe if you turned the volume way up and turned the lights out! Great action, just for me, some scenes left me very annoyed.
Mean Girls (2004)
For me, a good comedy movie that's worth it, will make me laugh every time I watch it. This is exactly what happens when I watch "Mean Girls". Being a guy, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit I like this movie since some may call this movie a "chick flick". I just think it's a good funny movie! I can't relate to this movie, and I think this aspect adds to the humor. But for a girl who CAN relate to this movie, they may just be re-living good memories (or even bad). Although there are a lot of high school stereotypes featured in the movie, the majority of them play off as very, very funny. Some are played out to an exaggeration for the humor. Of course, behind every good comedy is a good comedic script. It's no surprise that every joke was written by a member of SNL. It's great that a teen comedy doesn't hide from being superficial or too "candy coated" about the real world and can teach the viewers a lesson along the way. In certain ways though, this movie is not as "real feeling" as other recent films out there, adding a little fiction feeling to it (in my opinion, some incidents seem exaggerated for Hollywood). Although I am very sure that things like a mean girl a really out there, tormenting girls in high schools all over. "Mean Girls" is a great movie to watch with friends for a really good laugh.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
In my opinion, a must-see!
Last night I saw "The Butterfly Effect" and I have to say I really, really liked. Just the entire concept of going back and changing one thing from your past and as a result completely changing your present. It made me a stronger believer in "everything happens for a reason". Sometimes we all say we wanna go back and change an event that happened, thinking our present or future will be better, and it just isn't the case sometimes. It's in the past for a reason! What's done is done! I'd recommend it if you haven't already seen it, it's got an appeal everyone can relate to, in the end we learn that changing one thing in your life, changes everything. A very enjoyable movie to watch unravel!
Unnecessary sequel...but strangely enough it works
We didn't need a sequel to Cinderella, yet here it is. I was interested to see it because I wanted to know how Disney could handle this sequel. They dealt with it by creating three short stories, one of which doesn't include Cinderella. Surprisingly these stories work, they're not perfect by all means, but it does continue the life of Cinderella. It's not one to watch over and over, once is enough, but if you don't even like thinking about what Disney could have done to Cinderella's life after Prince Charming, don't bother to even touch this one. In reality though, it may just have been better for Disney to leave Cinderella alone although small kids may enjoy it, the movie lacks the "old Disney" feel that makes these movies special.
Finding Nemo (2003)
One of the best movies of all-time
Pixar has done it again, it seems that whenever Pixar and Disney come out with a movie it is always a tremendous success, and Finding Nemo is no exception. This is the best Pixar film yet and it will be tough to beat. The visual effects are amazing; everything in this Pixar ocean looks so real, from the sand to the sunlight hitting the water. You almost feel like you're underwater and it's hard to imagine that this is animation is not real. The voice work just adds to the animation and makes the movie that much better. Hands down, Ellen DeGeneres is the best in this movie; her voice work as Dory is just hilarious. Every scene that Dory is in I couldn't help but laugh, and with help from the script, the film has some of the funniest scenes in a children's movie. This movie is perfect for kids as it will amuse and entertain them or whoever else may be watching with them. The animation literally comes alive, the humor is everywhere and this all makes Finding Nemo a movie that is extremely enjoyable to watch.
Great Acting, Great Story, Great Movie
It's a nice surprise to see that this is a great movie. All of my interest to watch it was rewarded, as the end result as a very enjoyable movie to watch. The story of four altar boy friends plays out so well only because these boys are regular, average teens who swear and think about girls. The fact that these boys are like that make the movie so enjoyable when the story plays out. Another aspect that makes this a good movie is the acting, which makes everything realistic. It's very rare when four teen actors can do such a good job acting dramatically and make it look like they're having fun. The last time I saw this was in 1986's Stand By Me. A final point to comment is that the story ends with a surprise ending that shouldn't be spoiled. I'd recommend this movie, it's a great one to watch.
An Amazing Movie
What an amazing movie that is a perfect adaptation to the X-Men comics and cartoon. First I have to say that if you see this movie before the first one, you'll be confused and won't really understand why things happen the way they do. X2 isn't really a movie on its own, you need to have seen the first one. But everything about this movie, is so much bigger and better than the first, all of which equals to an enjoyable movie to watch many times. One of the best things about it, is that Rogue and Iceman have a much, much stronger role. As well as Pyro, making things interesting for an X3 (not to mention the hint of Phoenix in Jean). The characters are all amazing to watch on screen, all the main mutants are great on screen as they work together, and the effect of their powers make it better. Even the filming locations (Canada) look amazing on screen. The one negative comment I have, is that a few of the stunts and effects seemed a little un-realistic such as the X-Wing, but it's a small price to pay for such a good movie. Definitely a movie to watch if you're a fan and even if you're not, you'll still like it.
Jackass: The Movie (2002)
What can you say?
Honestly, what can you say about this movie? Well for one, it's hilarious, it's gross and surprisingly it works! Jackass: The Movie has no plot and no acting, none what-so-ever. It's just back to back pranks that are many steps higher than the TV show. It's basically a reality movie, you've got your reality shows, so why not a movie. Some of the stunts these guys pull are absolutely insane, you think to yourself, why someone would even come up with this idea and why would someone want to do it. Jackass: The Movie is just a way for the Jackass gang to get money. (minor spoilers) You've got a shaky camera which is shakier than The Blair Witch Project and you've got prank after prank after prank. None of the pranks connect to each other, but it doesn't matter, it's hilarious! If you're looking for a laugh, this is a good one to watch, however there are some of the more nastier scenes of vomit, urine, blood and feces. It's good movie if you just want to see people making a fool of themselves, and it's a good movie to watch if you wanna see a film with absolutely no point to it except to just laugh!
American Pie (1999)
No words can describe or explain....
I can't explain why this movie is so amazing. I just love it, it's one of my all-time favorite movies. American Pie is groundbreaking in movie history as it explores issues no other film has touched. It's a movie for teens and it is incredibly and amazingly enjoyable. I loved every single second of this movie, the script and directing is well done and all of the main and minor actors play their role well including Shannon Elizabeth, Seann William Scott, and of course Jason Biggs. But the one thing that makes the movie completely enjoyable is the gross out humor and sexual exploitations, all of which are done very well (which is rare). American Pie is a movie to go down in history as one of the best teen movies of all-time, and although it's not a movie for everyone, it's definitely one to watch with friends.
A pretty good movie!
After seeing Magnolia, I had to say "Wow!". I had always wanted to see this movie and the length of it never turned me away. While watching it I realized you really had to pay attention and watch the movie completely with no interruptions. There's about 6 separate stories that play out throughout the movie and I never found it confusing, but it can be if you don't pay attention. The acting is amazing, every single actor in the film does such a great job and the film plays out perfectly. Everything about Magnolia is all really well done, from the plot, to the music, to the acting, and the (unique) ending. Watch Magnolia if you wanna see an amazing movie with perfect acting and an unsuspecting ending!