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Ocean's Twelve (2004)
One of the worst ever
This movie made me get dizzy. Characters talked so fast, things happened so fast. Being Mexican, I had to read the Spanish subtitles at a record speed, while I also tried to see what was going on, with all the camera angles and stuff. The movie was long, boring, full of nonsensical plot twists. It's like the filmmakers were trying to tell us: "Oh, look, look, how clever we are". I've never like movies that rely too much in plot twists. I eventually don't care about what happens anymore. Plot twists are good when they make sense, they are not predictable and when there's not many of them. Well, I didn't think the twists were predictable, but nonsensical and too many they were. With so many things going on, the great cast doesn't really have a chance to really shine. The cameos... well, I did like Bruce Willis' cameo, but the other one... it was completely unnecessary. It's a real shame because I really LOVED Ocean's Eleven, not a masterpiece, but a greatly entertaining movie. In this sequel, the cast isn't really going for the golden egg or the safe box... They are going for the audience's money.
50 First Dates (2004)
Good but could've been better. The ending...
The trailer for the movie made me think it would be a very romantic movie, since the guy has to win her love back everyday, you know, something that many couples don't use to do. Anyways, this is basically a comedy, and succeeds as that most of the time, but it's not ambitious enough to make us think a little. It entertains, but nothing more. Another complaint is the ending. Too forced and implausible, plus it kind of contradicted some things that had been said during the movie (can she remember her dreams????), and it just left us with many questions. It seemed that they just wanted to end the movie right away, and solved things the way they could. I give it a 6.5/10. Sorry because the premise was excellent, but the execution needed to be better.
Anger Management (2003)
No words can express my disappointment
I like comedies. I'm usually someone that can pretty much laugh at anything, even if it's stupid. I'm not ashamed of saying this. What is wrong with being happy and liking some escapism? I've liked other Adam Sandler movies like "Waterboy" and "Mr. Deeds", which were pretty much universally panned. When I heard about this movie, I thought wow!, Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson in a movie about anger management? This is just gotta be good!
The result? I only watched this movie for 30 minutes. One of the worst plots ever, it just didn't make any sense. But above all, I don't think it's funny to see poor Adam Sandler suffer and suffer and suffer and the whole world turned against him, and having a maniac invade his house. For God's sake, how do they want us to laugh at this poor guy? It's just so damn sick. Let me tell you that I changed the channel to see "Daddy's Day Care", and I had a pretty good time and I'm not ashamed of that. I give this movie a total zero.
Boring and disappointing
I couldn't catch this one in the movie theater, and I was very anxious to see this one. I thought it would be the best superhero movie so far. But it wasn't. It's not a complete disaster... the camera angles, simulating a comic book, were pretty interesting, and the battle between Hulk and the mutant dogs is breathtaking. The rest is quite boring. The movie just spends a lot of time setting up the story, and the payoff is not good enough. The action scenes are pretty anti climatic and devoid of all tension or suspense, with the exception of the dogs scene. One mayor disappointment comes when Hulk must fight his own father. This should have been the most exciting of the battles; remember, leave the best for last. The fight between Hulk and his father is incredibly short and is ended in an abrupt, completely anti climatic way. I can't believe they could end the movie the way they did. It sucked, sucked, sucked. I preferred X2, thanks.
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
That's it. That's the word that describes it all. "The Brothers McMullen" certainly is not the worst movie I have ever seen, but it's perhaps the dullest one. I don't know, I just have the feeling that the movie just kept focusing on the same and the same and the same, and grew tiresome. It needed some plot twists or new characters at the middle to give it a bit of fresh air, because honestly, the situations it presented were like trivial for me. Much as I wanted, I just didn't care about the characters or situations. However the movie has some high points. For example, the acting is pretty acceptable, especially if we considered that some (if not all) of the cast members were debuting in this film. The direction and camera work were nothing special, but not a disaster, like in other B-movies. Also, one of the good things about "The Brothers McMullen" is that it avoids cliches.
However, this movie was just too light for me. It needed more intensity. Sometimes it seemed like not even the characters cared about the situations presented. "She's the one", Burns' next film, was panned because it wasn't as realistic as this one. That's true, without a doubt, but at least that other film was more entertaining than this one, even if, admittedly, was completely formulaic and contrived. Rating 5/10.
After having loved the first movie, I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen with those characters that "Fellowship" made me care so much about. And what do I get? A dull plot, unnecessary scenes, excess of characters, lame battles, talking trees... God, I could stay here all night complaining about EVERYTHING that was wrong with this movie. Not even the final battle scene could hold my interest; in fact, it was during that scene that I was endlessly checking my watch, wondering how close was the ending. If I hadn't gone with a friend (who by the way did like the film) I think I might have walked out on this one. I've walked out on a movie in a theater only once (although plenty of times I've pressed "stop" in a VCR) when I saw "How the grinch stole christmas", and this was just about to be the second one. Yes, it was THAT bad.
Changing Lanes (2002)
Excellent movie, if you take away the last 10 minutes
What were they thinking????? God, the ending sucked bigtime. It could have been one of the best films of the year, but thanks to the typical, feel good ending, it's not. The movie is a realistic character study, where one can easily feel identified with the people there, and all the situations felt like they could have happened in real life, but then comes the ending, in which suddenly everyone decides that they should do the right thing. No, not just doing the right thing (that would be believable). The Ben Affleck character actually decides he wants to be a hero. It made me sick. Why do filmmakers think we always need a happy ending? Sometimes it's necessary. In this case it was not. The movie was a perfect 10/10, but the ending was SO bad that I'm only giving a 7.
Ecologists might like this film (spoilers)
Yes, this movie is all recycled. I mean, the movie starts once again with Harry Potter suffering with his excentric uncle and aunt, then goes to Hogwartz (or however it's spelled) where there are strange things happening, so our 3 heroes break as much school rules as they can to investigate. Both of the plots involve something very secret, and end (SPOILERS) with a climatic battle against Voldemort. Now, this is not to say that the film is not entertaining. It is, but if the third movie turns out to be the same, I won't be thrilled, trust me. I haven't read the books, and I probably won't, but I hope the third installment is more original. MUCH more original.
Say Anything... (1989)
Didn't get my interest
This movie is too light. I mean, REALLY light. Which isn't a surprise, by the way, because we're talking about a movie by Cameron Crowe, the maker of movies like Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous, well made films, but I don't know, his movies do nothing on me. They're too trivial. To give you an idea of the main problem of this film, let me tell you I didn't watch it to the end, but not because it was too boring, I was watching it on TV, and on a commercial, I started checking other channels; my original plan was to return to the original channel and watch the rest, but I found something more interesting and completely forgot about the movie. Get it? This movie is too harmless, too mediocre, and by the way, I can't believe a movie of this nature can get so many good reviews and be included in several lists of classics (like Ebert's, for example). I mean, come on, it's pretty dull.
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
"Thirteen Ghosts" is a hilarious movie. It's so bad it's good. I mean, it's terrible, and I wasn't scared for a second, but god did it make me laugh. I had never seen such a display of unintentional comedy before. This is a camp classic comparable with Ed Wood movies. Wooden acting, excess of gore, absurd plot makes for an unforgettable film. Right from the start you get a good laugh. That scene in which cars "eat" people is histerical. If you see this movie, prepare yourself to MST3K it, otherwise you won't enjoy it.