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Hell Ride (2008)
Hell Ride is Hell of a Movie
Yes it is ridiculous. Yes it tries to be a Tarantino film. But what the hell, it has Carradine and it motorcycles.
To me, they shot it just in time, with all these old timers about to hit their climax of their third act, they shot this little puppy, which must have been fun to shoot, must have. It obviously had no real budget, I think the visuals are pretty good, okay, their not the best, but they work.
The motorcycles are pretty cool, realistic and cool. And I am impressed with the cast they got, mostly famous, and mostly fit their roles, and I'm surprised how serious they take it, to be honest.
Overall, it is an okay blockbuster rental, especially if your alone and bored, I don't know, there are a lot of other movies you could be renting for the same price and are better. I gave this movie a 5 out of 10 because I think it only half fits what I look for a movie. And it has been critically panned, but I gave this movie a chance. It starts off on a rocky note, but damn does it get cool, I mean really cool. And partially its the locations (I like to pretend they didn't shoot it in LA though), part of it is the cast (A big part), but I don't think the script was that bad. Though he is kind of a noob to the universe of screen writing, I believe the star, writer, and the director did an okay job, better as an actor, then writer, then director, which is the job he did the worst, I believe. But seriously, it's an okay biker movie, has a lot of potential to be awesome, which it's not, but it's cool and it works for a movie.
Star Trek (2009)
It Was Okay
Saw it last night. I was originally not going to see it, because I thought by ruining the enterprise it would ruin the cannon. I was sort of right.
I was pleasantly surprised by Chris Pine as Kirk, as the pictures told me that he was not going to look right for the role, I still don't think he does, but anyways I thought he was okay. Spock was amazing. Probably one of the best parts of the movie were the Spock moments (both Spock's!). Uhura was awesome. Sulu was okay, I like the original one more. Chekov was awesome, I think I like the new one more.
Now, Scotty deserves his own paragraph. At first I thought casting Simon Pegg was an awful idea, since he's British, not Scottish, but he did a grand job. Everyone else was good as well.
BUT- JJ Abrams original goal for this movie was to display or present Spock and Kirks' origins at star fleet. In that sense he failed. Well, I guess he could have been talking about his alternate universe Spock and Kirk, but if he was trying to show Spock and Kirk, the real ones (cannon style), he failed, miserably.
But, if you look at it like its non cannon, alternate reality, and get past the horrible, horrible changes in cannon, its an epic adventure. The special effects...were good, really good, but it was overused. WAAAAY overused, even in scenes when it didn't need sfx it had them, but whatever. I loved how they did Vulcan, then destroyed it, which was stupid.
Queen of the Damned (2002)
A Great Vampire Film For Everyone
Flawed, yes, but definitely fun and in my opinion masterful. The actor playing Lestat is fantastic as Lestat, as his performance is memorable. All the other performances are memorable as well, I especially liked Aalilah, although she did die about half way through filming, I believe, so the film is less like a vampire/love/rock movie and more like a vapire/rock story following Lestat's rise to fame and his journey and attempts to lead humans. Although there is a love connection, between him and Jesse, the two definitely have on screen chemistry. The music, not only the rock music, is really good, even though I don't usually listen to Korn (the lead singer wrote and performed most of the rock music).
Anyways, I never saw Interview with a Vampire, and I don't plan on doing so, Tom Cruise as Lestat? The picture I saw of him was hilarious, I laughed, I also luaghed at the thought that he might have played Lestat in this film.
Overall I liked it.
Laughably bad, but watchable
Wow, didn't read the books, but I hope the books were better, because my god this was bad. I mean, why are they in Portland? Being Vegitarian means you don't eat meat, eating bunnies and all that is meat, k? The movie, I mean, everything about it is amateur and they had a sizable budget, which is interesting. I think that it is just a stupid idea, I mean this in the least offensive way, but Vampires...cant...go...out....in...the...freakn....sunlight!
My god, when I asked people about this, they were like "they weren't in the sun, it was dark, DERRR, Portland get's sunlight too.
Also, I don't get it, but VAMPIRES CANT FRIGGN FLY EITHER, omigod that was dumb, "Hold on, monkeygirl..."
The person who played Edward Cullen was the only good actor, because the chick that plays Bella is really emo, wasn't just pretending.
The costumes were also very dumb.
The whole movie...I mean...it's not that good, boring, no offense, but Portland isn't a good place to have a vampire-romance-action-adventure-coming of age-thriller film.
Shine a Light (2008)
Not Entertaining, not a documentary, nor did the Stones sound remotely good
Title says it all, don't watch it.
I don't know what it was supposed to be...there were b&w shots of Scorsesse pretending to direct something.
Basically this is what it is-
A Rolling Stones concert, one that sucks too, they sound awful, just terrible, it's actually boring, the filming is done well, but what I heard was it was like a documentary by Martin Scorssesse, but it wasn't.
He was in it, yes, but he was in it. If your making a movie you don't put yourself in that movie and say your the making the damn thing your watching, ?
I hated it, my brother, a Stones obsessed fan, hated, the dude at Blockbuster loved it, idk why
House of the Dead (2003)
Grant it, Dawn of The Dead Remake was better and its got nothing on Resident Evil, this movie wasn't that bad. Better than Asylem films, it's just a modern B-movie.
In fact some of the only stuff that I dislike about Boll films are the bad acting and the music. The music is just not mixed well and is too loud.
One of the things that i guess could work is cutting game footage in, but they did it badly. They just cropped it into widescreen, they didn't bother to crop the hud and bullet icons out, which makes it look stupid.
But, having said that I still don't understand why people hate it soo damn much. Sure it's not my favorite movie nor my least favorite. It looks like the editor screwed over Boll in this one, or who ever was in charge of editing the game footage. It could have been done well but not.
Still I wish they just got like George Romero or someone to make like an exact duplicate of the first game, cuz it was amazing. But this will do I guess.
Remember it's not that bad, but it's close.
Rambo Gets Realer and Grittier
An amazing film packed with action, emotion, and real-ness. The film is slow at the beginning, but when I saw Rambo I was sad, a crazy person. But as the film unravels and the plot is unveiled, it gets fun.
The mission: Rambo must go down into burma with some asshole mercenaries, not as good as ol' Rambo with the weapons of course though, and save the ridicules Catholic missionaries. A lot of people have said the missionaries were too over the top, but I have met some of people and they are very, very opinionated, so yes, they are usually like that.
The fact that he kills on average of 3.6 people per minute is just amazing, probably broke some record, but this film is badass! And awesome. The aged Rambo kicks ass even in his older years, but I cannot wait for the next film.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
What an Adventure!
Phantom of the Opera (2004) is an incredible journey into deeper reigns of the original 1986 musical. Visually stunning as most people call it, but I say no, I say that everything is stunning, especially the music. Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler deliver fantastic performances as Christine and Erik. Butler, who had no formal training before the film, was great and performed the phantom dark, but still how he should be played, and his Scottish Accent just adds to the mystery. Rossum, on the other hand, plays Christine in a much original form, but the most big of difference is that she is 16 in this film, to my surprise. I found this out after watching the film, I mistakenly thought her to be in her early 20s. Besides the matter, she was very good, having previous training as a child.
Now, lots of people on youtube and other sites have been making comments like they should have dubbed over their voices and some of them actually have. I say no, except for Roul. Don't get me wrong, he's a great actor and played him well, and his voice for speaking was amazing, courageous and strong, you know, the type Christine would fall for, but his singing voice didn't do as well as the original 1986 cast.
Now, I do prefer some aspects of the musical over this film, mainly the timing the chandelier, and that the phantom shoots fire balls instead of sword fights, but I understand why they changed both. A: The chandelier falling at the end was to be more of the climax, and shooting fire balls doesn't seem to be as cinematic as a sword fight, no doubt the shooting fire balls could have been done well.
Overall I like this version, its a wonderful adaptation, it's still incredible and amazed me before my eyes, give it a chance and it'll stun you. I hope when they come out with the sequel musical that they'll make a sequel film with this same director and cast.