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Stylish, action-packed, well-made
X-Men is one of Marvel's few successful film adaptations that manages to give us a fun sci-fi flick while giving us a meaningful story.
The Good: 1. Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellan are acting powerhouses as Professor X, Wolverine, and Magneto.
2. The story. Even though the story wasn't really in the comics, it still portrays the conflict between Professor X and Magneto who are both fighting for the same ideal but with different points of view.
3. The special effects were spectacular and managed not to make the film style over substance.
4. The supporting cast, including James Marsden, Famke Janssen, and Bruce Davison, all do a terrific job.
5. The score was terrific 6. The film manages to fit in some humorous parts to give the film a lighter touch, in the midst of the dark tone of the film The bad: 1. How Rogue's look and personality was much different from the comics.
2. Halle Berry's African accent when she played Storm.
Overall, this is a fun sci-fi flick and it is easy to see why the superhero genre has taken a successful turn since the film's release. This film is highly recommended and simply rocks.
X: First Class (2011)
Best X-Men movie since X2
Before I walked into this film, I didn't have sky-high expectations, but after I walked out, I realized the X-Men franchise is back on its feet.
Even if it wasn't 100% accurate, I was still able to have fun with the story, the characters, the action, and even, the two surprise cameos.
1. The relationship between Professor X and Magneto was portrayed phenomenally, by being portrayed similarly to the Martin Luther King, Jr/Malcolm X conflict. Both about two men fighting for the same ideal with different points of view 2. The 1960's setting was a perfect setting for some of the mutants 3. Kevin Bacon played a kick-ass villain as Sebastian Shaw.
4. The young, supporting cast did a superb job. But for me, the standout performance was Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, who undergoes a struggle throughout the film of whether to accept her mutation or be accepted by society 5. January Jones was sexy as hell as the chilly babe Emma Frost, and played the role as sort of a James Bond-type femme fatale.
6. Instead of just the special effects, which were amazing, the story and the character development were the driving force behind the film, which to me, is one of the highest points of the film, aside from the best thing about the film....
7. Michael Fassbender's EPIC portrayal as Magneto. He embodies the character's lust for vengeance, devotion to an ideal, and descent into madness, PERFECTLY. I'd say i haven't seen a more perfectly-realized comic book villain since Heath Ledger as The Joker.
1. How Professor X and Megneto were given their names
2. Some of the young actors weren't given much screen time
Overall, I highly recommend this to both X-Men and non-X-Men fans, and after watching this, am anticipating a sequel, that hopefully will have more Fassbender.
True Blood (2008)
When I first saw a commercial for True Blood, I got kind of excited. Eventually, When I got the first two episodes of the first season in the mail from Netflix, and as I got the chance to watch them, I already got hooked on this amazing show.
One of the main things I love about True Blood is the unique characters, including the main character Sookie (Anna Paquin), her vampire boyfriend Bill(Stephen Moyer), the lovable klutzy brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten), the lookout boss Sam (Sam Trammell), the tough-as-nails but vulnerable Tara (Rutina Wesley), the gay cook Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), the newbie vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), and many others, including the villains, such as the cold and penetrating Eric (Alexander Skarsgard).
Also, I loved the different stories, and how the whole thing doesn't revolve around the love story between Sookie and Bill, but manages to focus on the other characters and their story lines. Plus, from time to time, they manage to focus on the conflict going on between vampires and humans as they are forced to coexist.
Overall, it has gore, sex, humor, monsters, drama, good special effects, unique characters, and interesting story lines- all in one show! This show definitely isn't one that "sucks"! Rating: 10.5/10
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
When I went to go see Alice in Wonderland in theaters, I had high expectations but surprisingly, it surpassed those expectations.
First off, the acting was really great, even from the actors playing the animals. Johnny Depp was fantastic, as always, but for me, the scene stealer was Helena Bonham Carter, as the sadistic, cruel yet naive Red Queen. Also, Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice, did a really good job.
The visuals in this film are stunning, and I loved how Tim Burton managed to make it mature enough for adults and suitable for children. This is now one of my top 5 Tim Burton films.
Overall, this is one I highly recommend to everyone.
Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
The first time I saw Let the Right One In, I was blown away. I felt it was a horror movie with a lot of meaning behind it and powerful storytelling.
It was like a breath of fresh air in the vampire genre, with a few crummy vampire movies released lately *cough* Twilight *cough*.
The creepiness of the film comes from a lack of music. Usually horror films need music to fit the mood, but with Let the Right One In, that wasn't the case.
Overall, this is a very well-made horror film with lots of meaning behind it, a hidden gem that should have a wider audience, a mesmerizing experience, and one of the best vampire movies ever made.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Why this movie was made? I don't know. Why these books were even written? I don't know. Why this movie made so much money at the box office? I still don't know. The point is, I don't see what the whole fuss is about.
Let me start off with the acting. Kirsten Stewart, who plays Bella, looked like she was about to fall asleep on screen. Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward, was like an emotionless alien, like in the first one. I think Taylor Lautner wasn't paid to star in this movie, and was paid to show off his muscular physique. Even though he seems like a nice guy in real life, his acting in this was bland, and during the second half of the movie, he was acting like an obsessive stalker.
The vampires in these movies don't even have sharp fangs. The ones in movies like 30 Days of Night and Bram Stoker's Dracula are real vampires, because they don't sparkle in the sun or whine about their feelings. I was unimpressed with the werewolves because they were hardly in it, and they weren't very impressive looking. The ones in movies like Ginger Snaps and the Howling are real werewolves, but these weren't very brutal or vicious as werewolves should be.
Overall, this is a pile of crud and deserves to be unwatched by everyone, and they should've had Buffy or Blade come in to slay the Cullens. It's a vampire romance film, and I would say watch "Let the Right One In" instead and it has vampires and werewolves feuding against each other, but I would say watch the Underworld movies instead.
The Final Destination (2009)
While I was watching the Final Destination, I wanted to hate it, but I kept enjoying it. It's like you can't be mad at this movie.
Even though some of the acting is really weak, there was still some character development, and the story was exactly like the first three, but it does have some inventive death scenes.
The lead actors, Bobby Campo and Shantel VanSanten, didn't deliver the greatest performances ever, but they have potential to be good actors. But the worst performance out of the entire cast, in my opinion, was by Haley Webb, who plays Janet. I was also surprised that there were a bunch of adults in the cast, because usually the victims are a bunch of teens being picked off one by one.
This isn't Oscar material, and some may think it's Razzie material, but I don't think it's gonna win any awards.
Overall, it did its job, I was entertained, and it's something I would buy and watch again. If you are a fan of the franchise, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Ridiculous, fun slasher flick
Venom wasn't the greatest thing ever, but it's something that I would sit through again and again
You're not gonna find any Oscar-worthy acting here, but it's not putrid like the acting in the Black Christmas remake.
Some of the kills were very inventive, and I liked the idea of this lonely, harmless man turning into a serial killer who is no Freddy or Jason or Hannibal, but he is smarter than some of the other brain-dead serial killers that appear in slasher films these days.
Overall, if you are looking for an Oscar movie with this, than turn elsewhere, but if you are looking for a good slasher film for a Saturday night, than I would say rent this. It's something that you could buy if it's in the bargain bin.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Edward Scissorhands is one of my all-time favorite movies, and is something I could watch over and over again.
Here, Johnny Depp gives his best performance. It's amazing how he went from a bad boy role in Cry Baby with a sad, vulnerable character in Edward Scissorhands.
This is also Burton's best work. If this is the first film you watch by Tim Burton, you will think he is a fantastic director. Danny Elfman's score also helped the film because it's happy at the right times, and it's sad and mellow at the right times.
Overall, the story was very heartfelt and emotional, the score was amazing, the acting was superb, and the suburban setting gave the film a fairy tale feel to it. Because the film is like a fairy tale.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
It didn't feel like a movie
This movie had a documentary feel to it. That's what makes it more terrifying.
The Last House on the Left is a really interesting movie because its a rape movie, then it becomes a revenge movie.
It wasn't as gory as people said it was, but it was very disturbing. The remake is gory and disturbing, and it's not as scary.
This is one of Wes Craven's early movies, and he is really good at making horror very realistic-looking, especially A Nightmare on Elm Street, which is more supernatural.
Overall, if you are craving an old style horror flick, then this is definitely one to check out because it has an indie feel to it, if you are looking for a cheesy gory slasher flick with not much of a plot, then look elsewhere.