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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Damn this movie rocks!
I went to see this at the theatre in town last night, and I must say it's more than I expected it to be. I wasn't old enough to see the original phantom, Michael Crawford, or Chrisine, Sarah Brightman, on stage, but all I've known are the original recordings of that show. I went to see the movie, and I realized from the start that I can't expect Gerard and Emmy to be as good as Michael and Sarah. It's nearly impossible... Overall, the movie looked very nice, and it was very well done, with one exception. Emmy and Gerard needed a different vocal director. The way they pronounced some of the words caught me off guard. There were a few times I wasn't sure how that way of pronouncing actually made the final cut. That was only a very minor pestilence. I hardly noticed, except for a couple of spots in Music of the Night, and one of Christine's songs, not sure which one. Back to the important elements. I was practically tearing up the last half hour or more of the show. It wasn't like straight out bawling, more like tears forming and maybe only one falling. But seeing Erik sitting there, mask off, holding the little music box that plays "Masquerade", and he's singing along, but he can barely sing because he's crying... that put me over the edge, and if I'd needed any more coaxing, I would have flooded the place out. My shirt sleeves were soaked I cried so hard... This is a damn good movie, and even though Gerard and Emmy aren't as good as Michael and Sarah, they at least plunked a few notes on the organ of talent... ^_^
Howards End (1992)
SPOILER ALERT- The most awful movie in history...
I was forced to watch this movie in my Senior Comp class, and I must say that this was the most boring hour and a half of my life...
Personally, I didn't think the storyline and plot of 'Howard's End' were anything to be excited about at all. I found the movie to be dull, dry, and extremely uninteresting. I couldn't recognize a significant plot, or a significant meaning. I did, however, find a very limited amount of notable traits in the technical elements of the film. The costuming stayed very true to the time period it was set in, and the sets built for the movie were flawless.
The actors and actresses, I felt, were too talented for a film such as this. It didn't fit what these performers are capable of. The lighting was very well done in this film. In one scene, it's dark outside, giving a feeling of loneliness or desolation. The camera then shows a window, where people are eating inside. The bright, warm colors of light through the window contrasts with the cooler hues of the outdoors at night. This scene was very well done. As for a few other scenes that caught my attention, nothing in this film was worth remembering. One thing I don't understand is how this movie could possibly be called a classic. A classic failure maybe, but not a great standard to which movies made since should look up to. That is what a classic is. Everyone looks up to a classic, and wishes they held the ownership to the groundbreaking film. This did not meet any of my standards for a great film and it should have never been released.
The Gate to the Mind's Eye (1994)
Awesome movie, but no-one knows about it.
When I looked and saw that this movie had only been rated by 49 people, I was surprised. I mean, the music is genius, the animation was way ahead of its time, and only 49 people in the universe care enough about it to review?
Man, are the people of the world missing out. Thomas Dolby is a musical genius, and the people who did the animation spent loads of hours on their pieces. I think this movie deserves more than what it is getting.
I first remember seeing it when I was in third grade. My mother was the head librarian at that public library, and I was nuts about the 1st mind's eye. She finally just bought that one and this one for me so I'd quit checking them out... o_Ox This is definitely worth your time.
My Little Pony Tales (1992)
I may be the only person here who LIKES this version.
Okay, face it. Most of us got hooked on the ORIGINAL version of My Little Pony. Which, hey, I was one of them. But, since I have known this show almost as long, I still love it. Whoever it was who said "What ponies go to the mall?" I have a few words for you. First of all, cartoons sometimes evolve and change form, to keep some younger kids' interest. Yes, I love the original, but it could get boring going on quest after quest and running around in caves, caverns, etc, you name it. To make the ponies go to school and the mall puts a personal touch on the series, and makes it have situations that kids can relate to. Such as the episode where Melody was a total Primma Donna and trying to take all the credit in the school play. It teaches kids to share the limelight, and other things, but it also puts an element that kids can better relate to. Yes, sure, there are elements of the original that kids can relate to, but putting a modern spin on the show keeps it popular. Anyway, the rant aside, I adore this series.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Funny as HELL
When my mom brought this movie home from the library, I was reluctant to watch it. I thought it would just be another animation/live action mix flop. It wasn't. This movie is hilarious beyond words. The animation for the characters is very nice. It's come a long way since the Saturday morning cartoons.The effects were also very nice. It would be easy to forget that the characters were added in; the coordination was also very nice. My favorite scene is when Bugs and Daffy jump into different paintings at the Louve (I can't spell). The animation for that was superb also. All in all, this is a very good movie. It was well done.
The Flight of Dragons (1982)
A Lasting Part of my childhood
The Flight of Dragons. To this day, I still get excited when I hear that title. I remember when I was first introduced to this exceptional cinema work. I wasn't more than 7 or so. For the first time, my family had the pleasure of having cable. It was one of those ancient cable boxes (I'm 17 now, if that clues you in on anything), but it was cable. I was watching the Disney Channel, and my mother was taping The Flight of Dragons. I liked it, but as with many other obsessions of mine, I didn't grow to love this movie until years later. I don't know what it is about this movie that keeps me coming back, time and time again. Is it the storyline? A man, with "one foot in the realm of magic, the other in the realm of science". It must have enthralled me, in some way. Dragons, warriors, mythical battles? There's nothing to turn me off there.
The characters. The plot. I can't put a finger on what turns me on to this movie. However, I believe this is a timeless classic that I will most certainly be showing my kids one day. I hope they will get as much out of it as I did.
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
Greatest American Cartoon Ever
I got hooked on this cartoon last year, and have found myself quoting it constantly. I find it uncanny how well my 6th grade brother and I can quote Spongebob scenes. This cartoon has made Tom Kenny (the voice of Spongebob) one of my favorites. The shows are well written, and I think each character has the ideal voice actor/actress. The only complain I have is the lack of female characters. There's only Sandy and Mrs. Puff. Other than that, I love this show and will keep watching it as long as it stays on the air.
I haven't seen many eppies of this wonderfully humorous cartoon series. I can safely say that I would be a better fighter than Kid Muscle. He's such a scaredy cat! But, without a scaredy main character, this show would lose some of its humor. Here I am to blab about my fave voice actor again-Darren Dunstan. He does a couple of voices on this. So does Eric Stuart, the voice of Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh), Brock and James (pokemon). Keep going, but try to keep Kid Muscle out of trouble. ^_~
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
I have loved Ninja Turtles ever since I can remember. I had the toys and watched the tv show. Then, well, I don't know, I kinda forgot about it. I was thrilled when I heard it was going to be on again. Michaelangelo was always my favorite. And, of course, my favorite voice actor EVER, Darren Dunstan, does the voice of Splinter. I later found out he did the voice of Splinter in the video Cartoon All Stars.
I love this movie. The animation and music are superb. I can sort of relate to Chihiro in the sense that I had to move a couple of times, and I can say I wasn't too thrilled about it. I think Ubaba is mean, but without her we'd have no movie. Chihiro is a very likeable character. I think Haku is adorable. What's even more adorable is that he and Chihiro kind of "like" each other. Thanx everyone!