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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
I was not a GI Joe fan growing up in the 80s. I liked He-Man and Ghostbusters, and ThunderCATS. That being said I was perfectly willing to check this out and give it the benefit of the doubt. I am, in the least, familiar with the characters.
While I'm aware this isn't on par with a film like Shawshank Redemption, the dialogue and acting were awful. Horrid. If there was an anti-Oscar, the actors here would win 'em all.
I chalk it all up to Stephen Sommers. After all he directed Van Helsing, another piece of complete tripe.
Rent the DVD when it comes out if you want a semi-solid (bowel movement) popcorn night on the sofa.
Not that interesting...
The graphics and the vocals were nice. Danny Glover did a nice job of a "slow" turtle drawl. Jay Leno is recognizable at the hare, of course. The story was just...blah. I found myself actually about ready to fall asleep after the first 25 minutes or so. It should've been FUNNIER. There was humor in it, just not enough. It was if they were just showing you what happens along the race, and it wasn't exciting or interesting. Probably the funniest characters in the movie were the two wives (Vivica A. Fox was the tortoise wife). I'm giving it a 6 out of 10. It's not terrible, but it's not worth seeing either. Perhaps young children would really enjoy it..?
Dracula 2000 (2000)
Not a great flick, but...
I actually remember seeing this at Christmastime. I was living in Little Rock at the time. It must've been 1999 (or 2000 I'm guessing from the title).
Anyway, the "twist" on who Dracula actually is is quite interesting. I never thought of it, but it does make sense. Too bad they didn't explore the history of that a little more rather than just trying to make a silly, quick, box-office-draw kind of flick.
It's an idea that started off really well, but then just fell kind of flat. Overall it's a mildly entertaining movie. You probably won't want to watch it more than once, though.
I could go into a long exposition about this movie and why I disliked it...but I won't. The characters are truly horrible people, real as they may be. I found myself detesting them completely. I can't relate to this film in any way. The only thing I can conclude is that it must have been made by self centered Hollywood types FOR self centered Hollywood types. Palminteri's character is probably one of the worst screen characters I've ever seen. As I mentioned earlier, most of my stomach wrenching was in direct result of this guy. It's a bizarre film, and in the least, it'll leave you being thankful for your "normal" life.
Superman Returns (2006)
What a let down
I love Bryan Singer. I love what he did with X-Men! But this movie? Phew. What a let down. It did nothing in terms of carrying on the magic of the Christopher Reeve films. I mean...they had the score in there and I dig the fact that it was supposed to take place after the events of Superman 2. I think they just totally dropped the ball.
That being said, there are some scenes that are amazing (The aeroplane rescue). Even Kevin Spacey, who is also a general fave, isn't up to par. His performance lacks...menace. Gene Hackman didn't quite pull it off perfectly either, but he had the nutty party of Luthor down pat.
The film is VISUALLY entertaining. There is no chemistry between Lois and Clark/Superman...the acting is poor...and Routh simply doesn't have the charm that Christopher Reeve had.