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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
A Truly Beautiful Love Story
This movie has such a unique and beautiful storyline. It has touched the hearts of the millions of people who have seen it. I did not know exactly what to expect going into this movie, except for the cliché stereotype of Brokeback Mountain. After watching it I was deeply moved by the epitome of what this movie really is: a true love story, regardless of gender.
The direction of Ang Lee is simply spectacular. There is the scope of the mountain scenes, the gentle conversation between the main characters, and that all builds throughout the twenty years in which this movie takes place. It truly tells a story that some can relate to, while others can certainly see the message it portrays.
If you go into this movie with an open mind, you will walk out of it with a greater understanding of what can happen with love in any stretch of the imagination. I highly recommend it, for the directing, acting, the musical score, and the message. 10 out of 10.
Seven Pounds (2008)
Unarguably The Best Movie Of 2008
Seven Pounds is by far one of the best movies I have seen. Besides The Dark Knight, it was the best movie of 2008. This movie has it all: it's got drama, it's got humor, it's got romance, it's got great music to suit the scenes, it's got great actors, and it is simply touching, bottom line. This movie is just so beautiful in every way, with the good deeds that are done throughout the movie.
Will Smith is a truly outstanding actor who can take any role and make it sensational. You may question certain parts of the movie at first, but they come together. Besides Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, who plays the love-interest, is just darling. She makes me so happy in this movie, not only because she was in Rent, but because she plays a tender character who is so loving, so caring, so unique. This romantic duo is for sure a hit.
I recommend seeing this movie knowing as little about it as possible, that way there is surprise and it is not spoiled for you. The cinematography is excellent, the editing, the production, there was nothing wrong with this movie on the technical side. Go out and see this movie, whether in the theaters or wait for it to be on DVD, but it is one to be seen for its beauty and awe-inspiring motives.
10 out of 10 stars.
Yes Man (2008)
A Hilarious Comedy With A Poor Plot
I left this movie puzzled. It started out so well! It had a great premise: this guy who always says no to everything somehow changes and says yes to everything--let the events unfold! However, with that great start, led the movie to a decline which soon plummeted to an awkward ending of the movie.
I was excited to see this movie because of Jim Carrey; I thought it would be like "Liar, Liar", where it would be funny, it would have a good plot, and leave myself with a sense that I enjoyed a good movie. Unfortunately, I am not so much of a Carrey fan anymore.
There were quite a lot of boring scenes that I did not really understand, leaving me thinking, "Why was that put in there?" The entire plot was quite random; things just happened from one thing to another. It's like they could have scrambled a bunch of scenes and it wouldn't make any difference.
The thing that confuses me the most is that there is a book which was written before the movie, but it's a good 400 pages. My thinking is that they just took snippets from the book and made this slapped-together movie, leaving a lot out, which was probably key to the plot line.
I wanted to walk out of the theaters and tell everyone that this was a great movie, that I highly recommend it, but I won't be doing that. It was just so-so. It has been the worst Carrey movie I've seen yet. What also bugs me is that Zooey Deschanel, who plays Alison, is 28 in real life, when Jim Carrey is 46. Although age is just a number, she's basically a young girl and he's a grown man. There were scenes that just looked awkward between the two of them because you could tell she is so much younger than him.
I would almost venture to say bad casting and a poor execution of the plot. The only thing that saved this movie is that it was quite hilarious throughout. I definitely got my share of laughs, but they soon ceased when the halfway point in the movie occurred, and the balance was tipped off the scale.
4 out of 10 stars.
The Morgue (2008)
The worst movie I have ever seen in my life
Folks, I've got sad news to deliver to you: never before in my whole life have I seen a more terrible movie. It's hard to even pinpoint what exactly is wrong with it because it is just so random and pointless. Let me put it as plainly as possible:
- The acting is awful. Just plain bad. It could be because the script was written so poorly with things like, "We need to leave." "Okay." But wow, it's just uninteresting and so so boring.
- The idea for the plot SEEMS interesting, like they had something going, but then it just leads itself into more "filler scenes", with no point, leaving you wondering "What the heck is going on"
- The movie ties itself together, but the problem is that its randomness leaves you puzzled.
- There is NOTHING scary about this whatsoever. The fact that it is rated 'R' leaves me in total awe. I was waiting for moments in any good horror/thriller, like something that actually makes me scream out loud or something, but the only things that happen are characters getting hit by shovels and whatnot. What gives?
- It claims there is an "astonishing twist" but is hardly original or even creative.
I want my money back, this is absurd. Unfortunately, I had gone to the store to rent this movie, unaware of how bad its rating here is, and how virtually unknown it is. A clue to that could have been that the actors aren't that well-known either.
Bottom line, DO NOT see this movie. It should have never been made. I would never recommend it in a thousand years. I wasted 82 minutes of my life. It's just so poorly written, badly acted, and horribly executed. Make sure the next time you see a movie, check it out and make sure it does well in the ratings, unlike this one.
1 out of 10.
A successful drama film with all of the requirements a thrilling romance needs
This very serious and dramatic movie puts fourth the clue that it is about obsession, betrayal, and revenge. In the movie, Madison Bell played by very talented Erika Christensen, is the new girl that has a sudden likeness for Ben Cronin, played by Jesse Bradford. What Ben doesn't know is that this new girl will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Even if it requires some dirty work.
The overall performance of this movie ended up quite well in my opinion. The scenes and camera angles were stupendous, and the music puts the entire film into a setting of whatever the music is explaining. The story, although some people say it was a remake of some other movie, was done with suspicion, suspense, and wonder. The trailer for this movie looked good when I saw it advertising on television or in the theaters. So I had to check it out and see if it was any good. I was satisfied with the end result and had a chill down my spine in every other scene. This is probably one of the perfect examples of a dramatic love movie, in the eyes of some. I think that most of the scenes that were included in the final picture were necessary, except for a few long and dragging on parts. I cannot recall remembering any parts that were poorly filmed, poorly acted, poorly edited, and so on. The main characters were what made this movie a success.
First off, Jesse Bradford is a good actor for his age, putting him behind Leonardo DiCaprio, but in front of Macaulay Culkin in terms of their skills in how well they appear to be the character they were assigned to play. I had only heard of Jesse Bradford after seeing the movie "Clockstoppers" about four of five months before that. So I thought that if he puts on a relatively good performance in "Clockstoppers", he must do well in this movie. And so he did. He will most likely come a long way in his career in the future with more dramatic acts and roles. As for Erika Christensen, she has a lot more talent than I would have thought. I first noticed her in the remake of the classic series "Leave it to Beaver". She delivered a good, wholesome attainment in that movie, along with her other big hit in '99, "Can of Worms". But she has come a long way since then. Now she has more of a figure, has more skill in whatever role she is put up to, and will most likely succeed high in her career as well.
The co-stars of this movie include Shiri Appleby, playing "Amy". She reminds me of a younger version of Denise Richards from her character "Carmen" in "Starship Troopers". They somewhat relate on account of their astounding talent to contrive worried expressions whenever needed. Clayne Crawford, playing the jock, "Josh", is also remarkable as his supporting role in this movie. He is probably just as talented as the main actor Jesse Bradford, only in a smaller role. There was also the character of "Christopher", played by James DeBello who is pretty good as his character, as is all the rest of the cast in which I have not listed.
The extensively few cons that I have to this movie is that it really could have been longer. I mean, take "Minority Report" for example. Although the plots have nothing alike, "Minority Report" was nearly twice as long. But what Hollywood seems to be doing is making all of the movies that they think people will see and make them really short, so even though they see it in the theaters, they will pay the same amount of money for a 2 and a half hour movie as they do an 80-minute film. So instead of spending the extra money to make the movie longer, they just shorten it up a bit. I think that there also could have been more scenes with the school and with the development of characters. Since this took place in a high school, it doesn't really make sense how Jesse Bradford, a 23-year old, is playing an 18 year old? That was the same way in the movie "Clockstoppers" as well. He was playing a younger character, even though he may be up to five years older than the person he is portraying. The main concept is that the end result looks real and is successful in the end. I would give this movie a 9 out of 10 stars only because I believe that it could have been longer, with room for more character development and some improvements. But if you are a person who has a measly hour and a half to spare, this movie will send a chill down your spine and something to think about.
The Paper Brigade (1996)
A great family movie of whom we can all relate to
This movie has basically everything that you could ask for in a movie. It has the characters that were introduced in a way that other movies fail to accomplish at. The characters are fully relatable to the audience because they are just like normal people. What I liked about this movie is that it was entertaining. There are some jokes in this movie that were not that bad. The main jokes that are in this movie are jokes that get described and shown to the viewers, rather than just having a fakie one-liner. This movie is a type of adventure movie. It sort of reminds me of the movie "Air Bud", which I liked too. They don't really have much in common, but seem like they were built upon the same basic structure of how the audience sees the characters' perspective.
There was a big variety of people in this movie, making it easy to relate to, like I said. Gunther Wheeler just moved to a small town and thinks it will just be plain boring. He gets a job in a paper route which the movie is centered on as its plot. You learn a few silly facts in this movie, you see how paper gets from the big stack wrapped in twine to your doorstep, and you see what happens to a normal teenager as he goes through a summer thinking it will be totally boring, but then makes a decision in the end which you will find out when you watch the movie. My other favorite part is the adventurous parts that make the plot easy to follow by and fun to watch. I have no dissapointments in this film. I think that Kyle Howard did an excellent job as Gunther, which was not an easy role to master, and playing Crazy Man Cooper, Robert Englund, was also someone to give special attention to.
Basically this movie is everything that you could expect from a non-theatrical movie. It is entertaining to watch for all ages, because like I said, it has a big variety of characters. This movie was accomplished really well and had some hard scenes to shoot, but must have been fun to shoot. All in all, I give this movie a 9 out of 10, for being a well written, typical summertime movie.
LeAnn Rimes in Concert (1997)
An enjoyable musical performance by a singer who's bound to do well in the future
This tour of LeAnn Rimes life so far is very interesting to watch and is also fun and enjoyable. For most all of the concert ratings that I have seen on this site, people don't usually give them high votes. Usually 75% or more give it a 1 out of 10. I don't understand that because a concert is like a behind the scenes, although it is So and So in Concert. In this concert specifically, you get to hear about how LeAnn started out, what she plans on doing in the future, and how she is doing currently. Although this was nearly 6 years ago we're talking, there is still some info that coordinates with her now. She has become a lot more popular than I would have expected back in '97 when I saw this, mainly because she has a real singing voice and a nice personality behind her Hollywood image.
I have no clue whatsoever of where to find a copy of this forty minute concert/production because it was just a small television appearance. I saw this originally on the Disney Channel, but that channel does not do concerts anymore. I just would like to say to anyone that is reading this that it was fun to see, hear, and enjoy. I don't remember this much, but from what I remember it was pretty good and flawless. I give it *****/***** stars for a superior job well done and for LeAnn to be so brave in starting out in the music business so well.
A movie with genius worked into the outcome
This movie is about a 13 year old kid who is extremely smart. He is going off to college five years early, and has gotten letters from all of the main colleges. He goes off to one he favors and does not have so good of a time. I guess the movie is overall entertaining in all of the main scenes and sequencing in putting it together. The movie has a lot of people in it, which I am always going on and on about in other reviews. Because a movie with a lot of people in it is one that can be enjoyed by all different types of people because they can relate to the character in the movie because there are profuseness amounts of people that are of anomalous personalities and styles.
I like the basic structure of the movie, how it flows, the ending and how the characters act. I know that sometimes actors and actresses may have to do actions on television that they may not really want to do, and that could be one of the things that happened in this movie. There were a few spots that seemed like they would never happen, not that it was impossible, just that no one would ever do that particular scene. The college students in the film are really sarcastic and do well doing so. The thing that I like about this movie is how there is a lot of sneaking around going on. How the main character does something drastic to improve how he would be thought of by his students and his peers. This movie deals a lot with how people are thought of by others. About fitting in with the people that you want to be with, and not with the people that you have to be with.
I liked how all of the actors and actresses acted, with an understanding of their character and knowing how to act like someone of who they are not. I cannot think of anyone who did not do their optimum level of acting that was expected by the viewers, meaning that all of the people in the film did okay, or above okay. This is not a kind of typical film with everything so perfect it is just dull to watch, this movie possesses a sense of knowing what the plot is centered on. The writer of this movie obviously knew about what he was writing about, and not just guessing how the lives of teens and young adults act. There is some doubt in this movie. Not the predictable type, but the type where you actually don't know what will happen, unless something like a miracle appears. Furthermore, being that this is a Disney Channel Original movie, and not having spent a whole lot of time on it, I give this movie an 8.5 out of 10. The reason is because the movie could have been better in some ways, but it also had its good points.
Can of Worms (1999)
A can of nothing different upon the aspects of a movie. (Contains brief spoilers in second paragraph)
I have seen this Disney movie maybe four times because Disney plays their movies so much, and have every time thought that is was a bit odd. One thing that I found that made this movie not as good as it could have been, was the "perfect" family that was in the movie. For some reason, the main character, Mike, thinks he has such a terrible life, when that really isn't true. Even though he thinks that he is upon the area of being incommodious to the place he lives in, Earth, that still isn't a reason to want to leave, is it? There is another thing about his life that makes it exquisitely neat that you will find out if you watch the movie. The family seems to be perfect with no flaws in the family except for some whimsical parents. Even his sister is typical. There really was not a lot of thought that went into making this family different from boring. If the writer was trying to express this family like this, he or she could have make the family more interesting even if they had this family planned like this.
The plot of the story is somewhat weird as well. The story does not flow in the end. It shifts to an entirely different kind of story it seems like. Basically what is does is discontinues from what the story had to offer, a movie that took place in a small town. Not somewhere bizarre like where it seems to take place in the end. The movie just sort of turned out not as it could have, and not how I would have expected. This is also the type of movie that someone could like just because they want to, but deep down inside they may think that it is a movie that isn't so good after all.
This movie is overall a little boring, it has some action scenes and some good scenes, but all in all I think it is not as good as some of the other Disney Channel Original movies. I think that is is worth seeing once or twice, but you shouldn't expect a lot from it. There are some funny lines, but some are not. I think that overall, I would give this movie a 6 out of 10, for lacking what could be the most important thing in movies: the will to keep the audience watching.
Air Bud (1997)
A fun animal movie not gone wrong
I have seen this movie a lot of times and I have liked it on some occasions, and disliked it on some. It has a very good plot to it, although it may be a bit absurd. The family featured in the movie is a very real type of family, maybe a little more "perfect" than your everyday family, but real enough to be in a movie. The films that have followed this one have been okay, but they have just kept getting weirder and odder. I mean, a dog playing football? Then soccer, and then baseball?! The second and third were reasonable, but the baseball one just doesn't make sense. The main reason I even had a care for liking this movie is because it has a dog in it. Movies that feature animals are usually ones that are more heartwarming and ones that took more effort to make than just telling somewhat what to do, where in this case they actually had to train a dog.
The other thing that I really liked about this movie was the music. The music was composed by Brahm Wenger who did the music for the MVP chimpanzee movies as well. The music has a lot of string instruments in it which give the movie an at-home feeling. Since there is no suspense in this movie there is no need for suspenseful music, but if there was a need, the music would probably be really good, coordinating to the main music of course. The setting added to the outstanding music made this movie one that I like to watch. Just the three key elements that I have listed kept me watching and liking this film. The three elements are involving a dog in the movie, the amazing music, and the realistic setting. The reason the setting is a key element to why I liked the movie is because it was a very beautiful setting, with lots of greenery and trees. The setting also seemed a lot more real than a lot of other movies I have seen. The setting in those other movies is one that is "perfect", like I said about how the family in the movie wasn't. So the setting adds to a lot of the ambition of this movie.
Kevin Zeggers, who plays Josh Framm in the movie, continues to grow up in the concluding movies. He starts out as a kid and arrives a teen at what will seem to be like the end of the movies, if not, and adult. There are some real issues that this movie elucidates, giving it a ratiocination at the least, to be a favorable movie. There is a little bit of comedy in this movie, especially concerning the evil clown. There is also a little bit of sadness accompanying the laughs. I cannot think of any reason off the top of my head that would make this movie better than it already is. With all of the reasons I have given, I entrust this movie a 9 out of 10, for lacking nothing of main concern.