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The Marine (2006)
Too Funny! Want a laugh, watch this movie! 80s Rambo fun!
After the first 10 minutes I nearly switched off the DVD as this movie was just so beyond ridiculous that I could feel my brain shrinking as I watched it. I mean, it starts in an Al Qaeda compound in Iraq which as we all know are numerous (sigh) with John Cena pulling a Rambo to free 2 hostages (which somehow turns into 3 hostages running out of the building....continuity or making sense isn't the strong suit of this movie....). He just shoots up the place Rambo style (while screaming and in plain site) and manages to kill everyone except the 2 (3?) hostages. This kind of nonsensical stupidness is what you see through out the movie, so just relax, get some pop corn and have a laugh 'cause this movie has it all: -the cheapest blue screen effects ever -the corniest music : blaxpoitation music meets dirty dancing music (yes that is actually possible) -bad guys firing literally thousands of bullets a second and not hitting our "hero" who manages to protect himself with a bullet proof vest...held in one hand! (that's our boy!) -growling and barking alligators (!!???) -The crappiest one liners EVER -And a John Cena who has the acting ability of....a trowel? I swear this guy looks like a cro-magnon.
I give it a 6, why? Because it's hilarious, it's so bad it's actually a good comedy...not on purpose...but oh well...
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Ben Affleck the new Clint Eastwood?
Ben Affleck needs to stop acting, like right now and just focus on directing. He is ,at best, an average actor but a FANTASTIC storyteller as demonstrated by "Good Will Hunting" and even more so by "Gone baby Gone".
3 dimensional characters, the kind you got to see on NYPD Blue in its hay-day (not season 450) and not one character is superfluous or just there for Hollywood conventions (and yes, that does include the girlfriend- who is here actually the voice of his conscience)
Amazing cast; suspenseful; full of surprises and great cinematography.
Just like in real life, in this movie, nothing is black and white ...ever.
Spoiler alert: BOOOOOOOO-RING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I get so frustrated with sci fi movies. They are just full of clichés. And the worst offenders are slow paced wannabe philosophical adventures in space.
How many slow mo shots of the spaceship can one suffer? How many unprofessional, irritable, depressed, borderline psychotic scientists/soldiers does one need to send into space to create a catastrophe? ...Oh that character is mean! I bet he gets killed in the next 10 minutes!...5 minutes later: BINGO! So in this super future they don't have backup computers, vital spaceship components are accessible to one and all and navigators do complex math on sheets of papern (and of course mess up), oh and they don't have backup oxygen tanks or contingency plans either or anything that makes sense really! A pathetic mish mash of everything you've ever seen in 2001 Sapce Odyssey + Alien + Event Horizon, etc... but very badly done.
Cliché, after cliché, you KNOW everything that's going to happen before it happens.
As boring as Solaris (the George Clooney version) and as pointless as Batman & Robin.
Want a good space movie, here's one of the rare ones: Mission to Mars.
Rock School (2005)
Sensationalistic, tabloidy and ultimately disappointing
This could have been very interesting but the film maker wanted to talk about "the characters" in the school and the school director (who comes off as a 40 y.o. peter pan with ADD and a foul temper) rather than the obviously hard working and gifted musicians that make up the "star group" of the school. That is a pity because they could have had for once a documentary about kids finding their way rather than losing themselves but the filmmaker went rather with the caricatural: -the genius overachiever (the good) -there's the tortured teenager (the bad) -the 9 year old twins who would not know what a beat (or singing in tune) is if it came up and hit them in the head (the comic relief) -the school director who spends his time screaming and berating these kids like it's boot camp time in full metal jacket (bare in mind these kids are between the ages of 9 and 17)- (the ugly) - Even after their triumph at the Zappa fest you don't see him once high five a kid or give him or her a compliment. Mind you that might be on purpose: You get the feeling that the filmmaker had a rather set agenda and wanted the characters to be seen in a manichaean fashion. There is a lot of editing. Overall not worth the watch unless you want to spend your time reading between the lines.