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20 out of 39 people found the following review useful:
Good movie but not the masterpiece it's being hailed as---7/10, 11 March 2004

While Fellowship of the Ring is a good adventure movie, i also think it is very overrated. It doesn't hold a candle to A New Hope. The first part of the trilogy gets off to a slow start as we meet the characters who will soon become the fellowship. It picks up speed when the faceless, hood-wearing, horsemen come looking for the ring. There are some great action scenes that follow and an exciting cliffhanger at the end. I own this, the Two Towers, and will own Return of the King because they are good movies. But masterpieces they are not. They get slow at times, become cheesy at other times, and the acting is not top of the line. I'd give the whole trilogy a 7 out of 10. No more, no less. 7/10

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
One of my favorite movies---9/10, 29 December 2003

Three stories are intertwined into one in the Quentin Tarantino masterpiece Pulp Fiction. Tarantino is master of dialogue and one of the best things about this movie is the conversations between the characters. They are like a plot all by themselves. You have no idea what's going to said next. Sometimes it shocking and it's very often funny. The all-star cast consisting of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman deliver their instantly classic lines with perfection. Pulp Fiction also has exciting scenes and a great story. Travolta and Jackson play two hit men working for a crime lord (Ving Rhames). Bruce Willis plays a boxer on the run and Thurman plays Rhames' wife. Violence, betrayal, drugs, and comedy ensue in movie that's plot on paper doesn't sound like much, but with a great cast and an excellent filmmaker in Tarantino, it is easily one of the best movies of all time. 9/10

Pretty Good Ending---6/10, 18 December 2003

Some of the more devoted and insane people will claim this movie perfect and what-not, but it is pretty good. Return of the King concludes the trilogy in a battle-packed finish. When i heard the movie was 3 and a half hours long, i was skeptical that i could keep my interest, but the pacing is done well for the most of the three hours and then crawls for the final 30 minutes. It just didn't know when to end. I never read the books, but i'm sure you can't cram every detail into a feature-length film. Other than that and the fact it tried to be too emotional, it delivered exactly what it should: an entertaining conclusion. The battle scenes were fast and furious and there were some very suspenseful moments. However, it is really nothing more than a good trilogy. Some people are taking it way too far. But that's just my opinion. 6/10

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Great Samurai Movie--- 8/10, 7 December 2003

I am probably gonna have dreams of being in Japan's beautiful countryside, practicing sword skills and drinking sake after watching this movie. It is a very interesting film, not only because of it's incredible battle scenes, but it's look into old Japanese culture and it's focus on the violent civil war between a modernizing government and rebellious samurai. I don't know too much about that time, but the writers didn't seem to put anything in the movie that was historically inaccurate or too "Hollywood". The cast did an amazing job as well. Tom Cruise gives the best performance i have seen him in, but in my opinion, Ken Watanabe steals the show. He is the lead samurai who takes Algren (Cruise) prisoner in a samurai village. I think he deserves the Best Supporting Oscar, or, at the very least, a nomination. Koyuki is a beautiful woman who hosts Algren in her home at the asking of Wanatabe. She brings a peace and beauty to a place that is ravaged by war. The pace sags here and there, but the action and performances more then make up for it. 8/10

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A Complete Snore---3/10, 24 November 2003

Other than some cool special effects and awesome settings, this movie is a nearly 3-hour story of a kid walking around. I'm not sure about the runtime but it felt like even more. Maybe 4 and 1/2 hours. Anyway, the cities look really good. And that's the only pro. The story is uninteresting, there is little to no excitement or action, and the characters are annoying. And then the end finally came. Oh, wait. Nope, there is another hour of confusing story. I can't believe i spent money on this crap. This was a low point for Steven Spielberg. But he redeemed himself with Minority Report. Overall, i can't remember a more boring time at the movies than with Artificial Intelligence. It sucks down there with XXX. Avoid if you like fun. 3/10

14 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
A Great Ending---7/10, 10 November 2003

Upon first leaving the theater, i was disappointed in the final installment of the Matrix trilogy. As I started to read up on it, however, I realized it made perfect sense to end it the way they did. I don't like writing spoilers, so i'll avoid that. I'll just say don't judge it right away. Let the whole trilogy sink in and it will all make perfect sense. The fight scenes are just as good as ever, but the battle on Zion was a little long and sometimes repetitive. It did feature some great action, though. There are plenty of tense moments and some unforeseen events that will catch you off guard. Hugo Weaving does the best job and plays the coolest character in the entire trilogy in Agent Smith and his many, many clones. This movie is very good but the original Matrix is still my favorite. If you didn't like Reloaded, you probably won't like this one. I think it is a well made trilogy and one that should be seen, because as soon as you understand it, the Matrix has you. 7/10

Excellent mix of mystery and drama---8/10, 9 November 2003

Mystic River is an incredibly acted and directed movie. Sean Penn gives an outstanding performance as a grieving father who's daughter was savagely murdered and Tim Robbins is superb as a man who suffered a horrible experience as a child. Kevin Bacon also gives a strong performance as a detective who has to solve this emotional case. All three were friends in childhood but grew apart after Robbins' character's experience. Clint Eastwood does an excellent job blending a powerful drama with a intricate murder mystery. It is a movie about murder, revenge, abuse, karma, and sin, and is one of the best films of 2003. 8/10

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Best in the Series----10/10, 22 October 2003

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is the best film in the Star Wars series because it is where the most important things happen. Darth Vader tells Luke he's his daddy, Han Solo is frozen in cryptanite, we are introduced to Yoda, and more is learned about Jedi. I think George Lucas put this trilogy out first because the twists are too good to already know they are coming. He does such a good job putting all this on the screen, i can't believe he didn't win Best Director, and it's even more shocking that neither this nor it's predecessor won Best Picture. What was the Academy thinking? Anyway, most of the cast returns and the special effects, while now severely outdated, are good for it's time. The Special Edition has to be the best thing to ever come to Star Wars fans (until the highly anticipated DVDs). The sfx are redone and the picture quality is enhanced. The Battle on Hoth and the escape from Cloud City are two of the best scenes ever filmed. Empire Strikes Back is the best in the series and one the best films of all time. 10/10

Great ending to a great trilogy----8/10, 22 October 2003

The Star Wars trilogy comes to an end here and, while it is the fourth best of the saga in my opinion, it is still one of the best films ever made. The final fight between Luke and Vader is great and the space battle between the Empire and Rebellion is amazing. There are some flaws, however, that keep it from being equal to the first two. The new Death Star is kind of disappointing. I wish they used their obviously incredible imaginations to come up with a better home base. Some of the coolest bad guys are defeated in stupid ways. Don't even get me started on how Boba Fett gets beaten. And while the Ewoks are cute and cuddly, i would have preferred Wookies or some kind of big warriors for the final battle.

These are really minor complaints be cause the action is awesome and the Emperor and Han Solo are great. But of course Vader rules them all. This action-packed space adventure is a great ending to an amazing trilogy. 8/10

Star Wars (1977)
214 out of 285 people found the following review useful:
Where It All Began-----10/10, 22 October 2003

I can never pick a favorite movie because different movies have different effects. Goodfellas is my favorite drama. Face/Off is my favorite actioner. But when it comes to pure amazement, nothing beats Star Wars. We are introduced to a whole other universe with different creatures, different lifestyles, and different history. We are dropped in the middle of an intergalactic war between an empire and a rebellion that has raged for years and left the universe in ruin. It was the most fascinating thing to see when i was eleven, but to this day i am still a Star Wars nerd.

The cast of characters includes some of the coolest, funniest, and most tragic in film, and the actors who play them fit seamlessly into this new universe. Alec Guiness is flawless as Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Jedi on the run from the evil Empire. Harrison Ford is awesome as Han Solo, a smuggler and thief who helps the gang rescue the princess. But the my favorite character of all time is Darth Vader. Not only is he the coolest bad guy, but we learn in later films why he is evil and start to feel sympathetic for him. Not to mention that badass booming voice that can make ordering a pizza sound threatening.

This was not only the beginning of the best movie series ever, but it was the beginning of my love for movies. George Lucas is a genius for being able to come up with a great story and an incredible backdrop for what was supposed to be a flop, but turned into one of the best films ever.


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