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The Fountain (2006)
Having watched the prestige recently (for the 5th time, one my favorites) I was up for another Hugh Jackman movie. Expecting a deep immersing plot i watched this movie only to be depressed like Jackman;s character in the movie. This movie was a brilliantly conceived and you need to be of proper mind for this which I was not in. There is not really a plot save a man has been struggling to find a cure for his dying lover/wife over a span of 3 different lives of which the third life is very bizarre. Beautiful acting by both stars (Jackman, Weiz), haunting music and depressing mood tells you a tale with a moral: You have to let the dying die so they can live, and beautiful special effects keeps this movie aloft the mediocre line to amazing. Its a movie about musing and so confusion is common. Pick a good time to watch this movie and let your mind think beyond the materialistic threshold.
The Marsh (2006)
I been getting very depressed with movies lately and decided to watch some horror flicks to lighten up my mood. And with sheer luck this movie lands on my lap and I read somewhere that is a classic story with a forgotten method of movie making. I now know why it was forgotten. Far be it for me to promote drug abuse but clearly this director needs to take something to boost his imagination. Poorly executed movie with a simple story plot that has a twist which was convulsed into a boring pile of yesterdays excrement that most likely got lodged in the toilet. Abusive use of sound effects and horrible sense of anticipation that pretty much puts anyone to sleep. To those that come across this movie I ware you run.. run fast and do not look back no matter what or who tells you how artistic this is. Chances are that the place that has this movie is pretty much a marsh that is sinking down to a bottomless pit.
He is back....
I used to be a great admirer of Eddie Murphy films until he went family movie on me. All his recent movies were over the top boring and trying to be cute films. I gave it a high rating in comparison to other Murphy films he has done recently (excluding Dream girls of-course). It has been a while since I last saw Murphy up to his usual antics and I don't much appreciate the fact many are willing to watch offensive black comedy shows such as the Chappelle show (you cannot seriously tell me that show is devoid of any racial/ offensive humor, not with a straight face at lest) but are ready to drop a movie that incorporates the same style (it had most of the familiar cast from Chappelle show too). As i stands this was one of the most genuinely funny movie and just because a film cracks fat jokes and mild racial remarks (which is a base trademark of black humor). I mean we are ready to watch toilet crap such as Mr. Deeds and other overly childish and brain dead level of Adam Sandler movies (Mr. Deeds, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo to name a few). This movie is certainly not an excellent movie but in terms of Eddie Murphy's current stream of movies this is a much welcomed addition. It reminded me of Bowfinger mixed with Nutty Professor which was pretty humorous. It is stupid yes I will grant it that but its lot more watchable than the toilet flushed material we seem to be watching everyday of our lives like Adam Sandlers antics (Bill Madison ugh...) that is even lesser challenging to a mentally handicapped person. People need to lighten up about looks appearances as well. I am definitely on the heavy side and I find the movie mildly entertaining. If you really want to make issue about racism to its extreme how about using something like Borat.
Ghost Rider (2007)
Nicholas Cage got burned again in a movie.
I really think Nicholas Cage should start talking like a normal person rather than a junkie on shrooms with a raspy voice. I have only read about one comic book about this classic legend and so know very little about the comic book hero itself (provided that I read the comic at a much later date hence mentality and emotional stimulation has evolved or devolved since the time period it was created.) Once again my "friends" have recommended a movie thats not worth almost anything. The acting was typical Nick Cage movie style so I wasn't shocked by it but I was shocked by the alarming rate his status as a movie star is going down. I am not ashamed to admit that I had gotten a pirated copy of the movie (because I could not bare to bring out seven dollars for a movie worth even less than three dollars). The copy was indeed horrible and people keep telling me that the movie was very good. I decided that perhaps the quality of the movie print somehow took away from the movie itself and so I decided to rent the DVD. I should have left that fact unsolved so I did have a much higher opinion of Nick Cage but now that I saw it twice and it was still the same level of sewage material (my apologies to all G-rider movie lovers and Cage fans) that almost made me blind. The acting is passable, the villain was hollow and the love story was as pale as legions face (cant remember the villains actual name before the transformation and don't care to). The, hero when transformed into the flaming skull, had as much personality as a..a.. corpse (and not much better as Nick Cage either)and the action sequences were lamer than usual. This movie should be displayed in Cage's funeral to show the struggles he had in his Hollywood career. Simply put: this movie sucks as hard on any video print (quality) and no nostalgia (if I ever get into reading the comic) will ever make me buy this movie again. NEVAR!!!! I mean wtf? Here you have a rip off Death, might as well add a scythe in his hand so the weapon could have at least carried the film by itself.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Lame movies don't get a teaser so spoiler intended.
I watched Shaun of the dead (or Shawn always confuse the spelling) a while back. People, after watching the movie, started saying it was a refreshing comedy and very very funny. Well I took a look and it was mildly amusing but most of the advertisements (my buddies should probably work for media marketing) by mu friends fell short. This movie however, the trailer did not grab me but I was willing to watch as the previous movie made was a decent movie. I should have realized that the trailer and the previews for this movie was somewhat desperate as many movies get (Mr. Deeds for eg.) and I decided to watch it. I am glad I wasn't paying for this flick but I can tell you that this movie is more chaotic and very plaid. How the hell do you get distracted for an hour and a half with popcorn? that was the first for me. The jokes are too mild and there was nothing good about the story either. I mean if no one can see that the main chief of the the HQ along with some other key ppl are the villains in the movie (it's OK if you don't guess the few of the townsfolk as conspirators) then you need to put the crack pipe down. This movie was very disappointing and just went down the hole further. The only funny part I saw was was towards the ending where he kicks an old lady in the face. Hence my score for this movie was a 4 but after proof reading my comment the movie deserved to have two more points taken off so hence it is a 2 star movie which most likely should be watched free. No offense to anyone who likes the movie but I still think its not worth putting your pop corn down and watch at the movie until it ends.
The Dead Girl (2006)
This movie, after reading the positive commentary from several viewers,
I decided to rent. Now couple of things you don't do when you are watching movies that you are more or less unsure of: 1) pay for it. 2) watch it with your mother. 3) watch it during day time. Why I say this? The movie started out great, hitting me with emotional perspective of different people's lives that accidentally discover the body of a dead girl. I showed a very disturbing lifestyle for the first family and then incidentally moved down on the list to the people that are related to the murder. Now i was expecting perhaps a collage of different situations and lives that come together at one point bringing about the a critical conclusion (the irony about who the killer is or its someone who you would never guess...) Much to my disappointment there was no basic story it was someone who got killed and the lives of the people that are related thats it. I actually expected a revisit to each of the people's lifestyle and make some sort of satisfactory or unsatisfactory conclusion... NOTHING! what was psychological about it? what was complex? It all eludes me and hence due to my huge disappointment with this title i give it a pretty low score.
It was going so well...
So I am a big fan of Stephen King novels and movies alike and there is rarely a time i argue about a movie that deviates from a book. I haven't read the book before I watched the movie and still there was something very off about it. I should have been aware that Stephen King movies like to keep a low profile on the movie synopsis and it was a treat to see how well this movie started off. It was good... till the lead up to the conclusion. I couldn't help but comment on Ron Pearlman's character (and obviously the actors acting that brought the character to life. Had a good suspense and definitely an attention grabbing flow to the movie. But the ending... it seemed rushed.. there was too many questions and there was never a proper explanation (hell there was no explanation) for this... this... weird phenomena. Of course considering its something like another portal and supernatural but there was never really a very good connection between the questioning of faith in God and this bizarre incident. The ending was waay too rushed and the cool setup of "Tack" by Pearlman suddenly became a big time wuss... this movie would have made it to a 5 had it not disappointed me so much with the conclusion... Still its a movie anyone can enjoy and of course not all would find it as disappointing as I did.
I cannot believe I just watched this movie NOW....
if I were religious I would mouth this very same words as I look in the mirror "oh my god!". Its 2006 and there are hardly any good movies BUT the few movies that are made are very very good. The Prestige was one of them and then I heard that the director of this movie made another classic film called memento. I just watched the movie today an hour from this report in my class... What started out as a regular sleeping movie ended up being one of my top ten list of movies. I got so crazy that I got the prof to give me the movie. All I can say is I gotta kick my self for not hearing about this great movie 5 years back. I am a pretty hardcore movie watcher and so when you watch a 'good' movie the idea and plot can easily become stale right after but then there is the artistic point of movie that somehow intensifies the story just cause its delivered to the audience in a very unique way. I am not a big fan of Pulp Fiction but this movie just leaves me with a loss of words. This is every easily a classic movie but I don't know how the rating system works but this a movie that I intend to own. So now go watch if you haven't!
Superman Returns (2006)
good movie but was expecting more.
Again I fell for the trailer. The movie featured some well rounded cast and I did think this was to be an epic movie. My biggest attraction was seeing a bald Kevin Spacey and watch the sunlight and camera lights reflect of his bald head as he plays the villain. The trailer did not even bring about what mess superman gets himself into and I thought for a while that it must be something big. The movie itself was interesting and as much as I could stand it was more focused on the relationship between Lois and Superman than superman once again fighting his bald nemesis. As far as I could tell it was nothing but another romance movie with a superhero shell, some can say it made superman look more human and down to earth but thats just the point folks... he is not human and he is definitely not down to earth (he flies). I did like the fact that they kept loyal to the characters based on the earlier films with Christopher Reeves (how did Lois ever become a reporter with her atrocious spelling problem??) and also following the story line from the second film in production. Now what did really get my goat was that this movie seemed to be extremely long with almost nothing happening besides the love triangle between the superhero. Kevin Spacey was perfect as lex Luther but it seems after being in prison his ideas seemed a little less thought out and he seemed to be taking immense crap from his partner in crime. What was that? did Lex soften up during his prison time? And his worst plan ever was to create a new continent that will raise the sea level and submerge a part of the States underwater (we know California is headed there anyway) it would have made more sense if Baldy there had a sudden hair growth spurt from his constant meddling with the kryptonite and his hair takes over the world, anything!! There was nothing super villainous about this story line. It was entirely too long and I believe I got a zit on my ass the size of a fist from sitting in the same position. However, this movie is a fairly entertaining movie for movie watchers (not superman fans) if you can get past the whole blue tights and red underwear (what superhero would subject himself to that?). All in all I am a bit particular on superhero movies but its a movie you can check out on DVD.
Typical teenage horror flick
I saw the trailer for venom and I was fooled by it... utterly fooled!! Goodthing this movie did not come out in theaters where I stay or I would have regretted it. The movie is about a serial killer that had been buried but some voodoo nut cases decided to play witch doctor and the newly resurrected serial killer is on the loose before he could be put back to sleep. For the most part this was another generic horror flick that you can sleep through. The kills however, were fairly done so you can expect to see pretty decent impaling of you and 'innocent' teenagers. All I can say is that kids never learn no matter how many times they have blundered into situation they barely escaped alive. But that is the only reason this movie got the extra point, the kills. Other than that it is fairly predictable and not scary at all.