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(PLEASE don't leave comments about the list if its negative or if you don't like my rankings. This is purely my opinion and I couldn't care less about yours).
If you notice, every movie on this list is arranged by studio: 1)20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight 2)Focus Features 3)Summit 4)Paramount 5)Sony 6)Universal 7)Disney 8)Warner Bros. 9)The Weinstein Company 10)Relativity
I pretty much liked all of these movies, with the exception of some.
Note: Not all of these sequels are bad, just unessecary.
Others were a terrible ripoff.
A lot of the upcoming movies on this list (with the exception of JB) look cool, but probably don't need to be 3D.
3D ha become more of a gimmick than a form of entertainment. It was fun at first, but now its getting old.
I don't hate 3D, I just wish it wasn't in every single movie.
Who knows what they'll come up with next?
Absolutely, Wildly, Unapologetically Awesome.
For the record, this review is coming from a person who has never seen the UK version.
I think this show is very good. It has many great qualities. Great characters, touching story, and interesting plot. Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy are hilarious, and the rest of the cast is simply terrific. The story is very good as well. The family is so dysfunctional, its hard to resist. The characters are very well-developed and likable. Each episode is great and its interesting how many bad situations this family manages to get out of without getting in trouble.
A lot of people don't like this show because of its minor flaws, but if you look past those flaws, you will find this very enjoyable.
I highly recommend it.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
(500) reasons to watch
In the midst of all these cheap, annoying, unfunny rom-coms, there's always on movie that dares to be different. THIS IS THAT MOVIE.
(500) Days of Summer is the romantic comedy that we have been waiting for. It's funny, it's real, and it doesn't hold back.
The story is very original, focusing on the relationship post break-up rather than a developing romance, about how a greeting card writer who looks back at all the days he spent with his girlfriend before she dumped him. It's very fresh and funny and beautiful to watch. The acting also is great. Joseph Gordon-Levitt always delivers a likable performance, while Zooey Deschanel is gorgeous and fit the part perfectly. The surrounding cast, which mainly consists of odd-ball friends and weird ex-girlfriends, is just so good. The way it was filmed, jumping back and forth from past to present, is a great way to tell a story. The writing is good, the chemistry between the two leads is irresistible, and the surprising third-act twist will leave you wanting more.
(500) Days of Summer is definitely a romantic comedy that both the girl and guy will enjoy. It's nice to see some originality for a change.
21 Grams (2003)
It's so sad, yet so good.
"21 Grams" is such a great movie. It makes you feel so sorry for these characters in a way that doesn't make you feel depressed at the same time.
It's inter-twining story, which revolves around three people who are all brought together by a tragic accident, is so well told. Not being told in chronological order is a really great way to tell a story, and every character is so complex that you can't take your eyes off of them.
Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Benicio Del Toro deliver fantastic performances that are both emotional and engaging. The supporting cast is great as well. The style of filming is very unique. It will warm your heart.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Weird, Wimpy, and Wonderful
As a fan of the books themselves, I was very happy when I found out this was going to be made into a movie. I first had my doubts when I saw the trailer, thinking it would be a flop, but it turned out better than I thought.
I like the fact that they used the actual drawings in the movie and took so much from the book. It really felt like I was reading the book all over again. The casting was perfect, the jokes were cute, and was pretty well-made.
I liked it, my brother liked it, even my dad liked it. I really think this series is great and I can't wait for the sequel.
The Final Destination (2009)
The Final(sequel they should make)Destination
What do we expect from a modern day slasher-flick these days. I'll tell you what we don't want to expect. We don't want to see a bunch of instantly forgettable no-name teenage actors playing annoying, heavy drinking, sex-starved characters constantly trying to make it to the end of the movie alive, even though we all know their gonna die and be instantly forgotten after that. A horror movie that's all gore, no story always fails to entertain fully (We learned that from all of the Saw sequels).You'd think after all of these other bad flicks, movie companies would finally learn their lesson and make some decent horror flicks.
And yet, they give us The Final Destination.
I did not see this movie in 3D, but it probably wouldn't make a real difference. There are many things wrong with this movie all together:
1)Unlikable no-name characters with no personalities
2)Death sequences that don't make sense-the opening sequence is over-exaggerated and the rest just falls through
3)Special Effects that aren't very visually stunning
4)Large plot holes make the story hard to follow-I'm pretty sure the order of people's deaths was messed up at least twice
5)Way too short-less than an hour and a half
6)Overall, not scary
Despite all of its faults, the movie does hit some high notes occasionally. The opening title sequence filled with a "greatest deaths" montage was pretty cool. Its soundtrack is good. And I know I'm not supposed to laugh, but most of these deaths were pretty hilarious.
The Final Destination franchise is still going strong. Like Saw, it has the potential to make it big if the story mixes up a little. If it doesn't focus so heavily gore and more on character development and story, we can enjoy the series even more. I really hope that FD5 can turn the series around.
Oh wait......I forgot number 7
7) NO 3D HORROR.
3D is getting really annoying now. It was fun when it made a comeback, but now its getting old. Live-action movies shouldn't be in 3D, because were already 3D ourselves. They should really save 3D for the kid-flicks.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
'Wolverine' is losing his edge. He's not as sharp as he used to be.
We all wanted an origin story of Wolverine. He is a very complex comic book character. And lets face, X-Men are some of the best comic book heros there are. When reading some of the reviews from the latest X-Men movie, they mostly ranged from "horrible" to "average", with a rare "good" or "awesome". So I was a little skeptical when I was watching it on the Saturday Night Premiere on Cinemax.
It turns out, most of those reviews were right.
THe latest X-Men movie has lost all of its edge and style that it could hardly compare to the other three. Most of the action could obviously be proved as fake or digitally inserted. Most of the fighting sequences are either to hard to follow (because of the constantly fast moving camera), or a little stylized and predictable. The best fight scene is at the end where Wolverine and Victor Creed fight off Weapon XI.
Hugh Jackman obviously knows that he will be Wolverine for a while, but watching him trying to make a cheesy script sound original is just as bad as that awful haircut he has. Most of the writing (made by David Benioff and Skip Woods) was probably taken right out of the comic book. The annoying one liners just don't work anymore.
Gavin Hood (Rendition) probably doesn't have a lot of experience with special effects, which is probably why almost all the action felt...um...a little.....stiff. Other than that, I think he did a nice job of keeping somewhat accurate to the cartoons and comic books. Although they could of found a better director.
To a true X-Men fan, it might be a little disappointing, but we all know Wolverine is losing his edge.
In the future:Fox studios should consider this when making another X-Men Origin story: 1)Better Director 2)Less cheesy writing 3)More realistic and cooler special effects and battles 4)A better story
By the way, at the end, was that really Professor Xavier, or was it just CGI. So confusing
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
I'm into it
At first, I thought that "He's just not that into you would be a little bit boring.I'm usually not a big fan of romantic comedies that much. It doesn't seem like anything special.
But i liked it anyway Sure, it was really long. But I think that is what makes it good. The movie really lets you get to know each character very well. The story is pretty realistic since a lot of people deal with divorces, phone-calls, and misread signals.
Casting for this movie seemed very predictable. I sort of expected people like Jennifer Anniston, Drew Barrymore, and Bradley Cooper to be in a movie like this. THey're pretty obvious choices for a romantic comedy. I didn't really like Jennifer Connoly or Kevin Connoly that much. Ben Afflek Scarlett Johansenn, and Justing Long were OK. But Ginnifer Goodwin(Big Love) was the perfect choice. She's the funniest of them all.
It's a chick flick that a guy will probably enjoy just as muck as a woman. I'm "just that into" this movie.
Get lost in theTwilight
Twilight is one of the most popular teen-romance stories out there. So many girls (and a few guys) are getting totally hip to the Twilight craze. It's so popular, in my opinion, its totally annoying. Almost every woman I know or see is reading those dumb books. Even my older sister and my mom read the entire four book series IN ONE WEEK. Yeah, there that upset. And now its being made into a movie. Well, it was only a matter of time.
Well, enough about my personal opinions, lets talk about the movie.
Twilight tells the story of Bells(Kristen Stewart), a young teenage who moves in with her distant father after her mom found a new husband. She then quickly makes some new friends at her new school. But what throws her off track is the strange and darkly mysterious Cullen family, including the somewhat handsome Edward (Robert Pattinson). Bella notices that they never eat real food, they're incredibly pale, and they seem to never go outside when the sun is fully out. Bella does some research and finds the shocking truth about the Cullen's. THEY'RE VAMPIRES!!
After confronting Edward, the two start to act friendly toward each other, and later, fall in love. Sooner or later, Edward realizes two things that might jeopardize his new relationship with a human.
1)He cannot fully control his thirst for blood when he's around Bella 2)There are some vampires who will stop at nothing to suck her blood
After bloodsuckers discover her, Bella is thrust into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with other vampires in hopes of coming out alive, and maybe continue her weird relationship with Edward.
That's the story
Lets talk about the movie.
The movie is quite enjoyable to many fans, and maybe some non-fans to. The atmosphere id dark and mysterious like it should be. The casting in this movie is alright. And a decent climactic battle scene takes place. So you see, it looks like a perfect movie, right.
Well, its not necessarily what some people might call perfect.
I mean the movie is cool, but it feels to cheap and rushed through. There's a high lack in special effects and some scenes look really awkward when looked at. It's also really long (about two hours). But what really makes the movie look weak is Kristen Stewart's somewhat farce acting. Yes, Im sure she probably does look a lot like Bella, but she shows no emotion and is pretty bland when trying her hardest to look good on camera.
The only other thing i ask is this: WHERE ARE THE FANGS!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? C'mon, you can't be a vampire without your fangs. No effort to put those in.
Twilight will please anyone. From teens, to fans, and to adults. But those expecting an exact copy of the book, probably shouldn't see it.
We could all learn something from Juno
"Juno" is basically pulled out of the Hollywood machine of teen rom-coms. It's pretty much a basic movie about a teenage girl(Ellen Page) who is thrown off the ropes when she finds out that she is pregnant. After being to scared to have an abortion, she is convinced by her best friend to choose an upscale couple(Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) to adopt her baby and avoid the complication of being a teenage mother. After Juno thinks everything is going to be alright, unforeseen complications start to occur. Such as discovering that her boyfriend(Micheal Cera)is cheating on her, and the adopted father might not be ready to become a father, ruining everything. That's pretty much the story in a nutshell.
This is more than just your typical old teen flick. It takes so many funny concepts and lashes it out in unexpected ways. The sarcastic jokes and witty remarks make the movie more and more delightful. Writer Diablo Cody really knows how to crack a joke when you least expect it. Director Jason Reitman(director of "Thank You for Smoking")knows just how to make this movie completely original and not a cliché.
What's also good about this movie is the excellent casting. The star couple, Ellen Page and Michael Cera, seem totally compatible and work very well together. Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman aren't that bad together either. A funny supporting cast including Olivia Thirlby, J.K. Simmons, and Rainn Wilson are perfect on screen.
Juno is a strong, well-thought out, very funny, and Oscar potential movie that will make any sixteen year old and their boyfriend happy.
The Hangover (2009)
I got hungover from laughing to hard
The Hangover does seem like an unoriginal concept with people partying to much and waking up with no memory of their previous night. This movie takes a predictable concept and turns it into a raunchy, goofy, and utterly hilarious 100 minutes of fun.The Hangover differs from other R-rated comedies like a Judd Apatow film because this movie mostly doesn't revolve on sexual humor and saying WTF? every five seconds. It's a lot different from comedies like Superbad because The Hangover takes the littlest jokes and makes them 10x funnier. It's still has jokes about sex, drugs, and alcohol, but the way its displayed in this movie is new and original.
The casting for this movie was just no short of perfect. The combination of Bradley Cooper(playing the calm, cool, and collected high school teacher Phil), Ed Helms(the uptight dentist Stu who must lie to his own wife in order to have fun), and Zach Galifinakis(playing the scary, strange misfit) is just hysterical.When these three come together to find their missing pal Doug, theirs no stopping the laughs. Cooper and Helms are good, but Galifinakis steals the show with great one-liners and goofy humor. The idea of adding Ken Jeong and Mike Tyson was just genius, and all of the supporting actors are great.
People expecting a non-stop laugh fest might be pleased, and others might be happy, but fans of Apatow wont be.
(One more thing: Wait till the credits. There's a hilarious montage of party photos u gotta see)
The Happening (2008)
Not very Happenin'
M. Night Shyamalan is apparently this master of terror and thrillers, like Rob Zombie. The Happening looks pretty scary.
But in the end, it may be called the BIGGEST LEAP BACKWARDS IN HORROR HISTORY.
The Happening, next to Prom Night(2008), may be one of the worst horror movies ever made. Yes, the story is very complex and well thought out. It builds up on itself and adds tons of suspense. Ultimately leading to...................THE WORST ENDING EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of people like Mark Walberg and Zooey Deschanel, and they look really talented.But when they performed for this movie, what happened.The both look bad together and seem to have no chemistry(even though they play man and wife having relationship problems).
The brilliantly well-thought out story is ruined by terrible acting and lack of real suspense.
Don't see it at all, at the movies, on DVD, not even when it airs on HBO.
Yeah, its that bad.
Get Taken Away
Taken doesn't sound like much. On paper, it seems like a predictable thriller with an obvious ending and cliché characters.
But to my surprise, I was on the edge of my seat.
I watched the movie on demand and was greatly impressed. Liam Neeson plays a divorcée and an ex-spy who keeps smuggling his daughter because he loves her and wants to protect her. But when his daughter, Kim, wants to go to Paris with her friend Amanda, he decides to give her the freedom she wants and let her go.
The two girls end up staying in their suite all alone with no parental supervision. Which must have been the stupidest move any teenage girl could have made because after a short while, a mob of guys kidnap her and Amanda and take them to an unknown location.
Learning of his daughters kidnapping, Liam travels all through the streets of Paris hunting for his daughter. Only to find out that the people who took her are forcing women to take drugs and turning them into prostitutes.
The story does seem a little dumb, but Liam Neeson's total bad ass maneuvers and gripping performance really gives this movie the jolt it needs.
Although it's not the best thriller ever made, it manages to keep you guessing right until the end.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Is this a G.I. Joke
G.I. Joe is one of those movies like Transformers 2 where everyone gets so excited about and theirs so much hype about how awesome its going to be and when they finally get the tickets to see it, their expectations drop to an all time low. That's how I myself (and pretty much everyone else on IMDb) felt after they saw this movie.
The movie starts when two men who have a mission to transport microscopic metal eating robots to a safe location are ambushed by an evil syndicate named Cobra, and are saved by an elite force called G.I. Joe. They decide to join the Joe's and stop Cobra from taking over the world.
The movie starts off with a good plot and interesting characters, but the good stops there. There's so much violent action, giant explosions, and fast paced stylized moves that constantly keep yourself and the audience entertained. But really, the action really just distracts you from the tackiest one-liners and the most questionable script ever written. Most of the actors look good on paper, but on the screen they give no lively performances. It seems like the only character in the movie thats cool is Snake Eyes, and his character doesn't speak at all through the whole movie, even though he delivers the best action out of all the Joe's.
In the end, its better than Transformers, but still doesn't live up to Star Trek. Little kids would probably love it, but teens and adults would probably wish the movie would be over soon.
You Wanted action, you got action
Most of the people on IMDb are really bashing this movie and calling it nothing but blood, bullets, and naked women. That its completely boring and has no good action.
I just have to say this:WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? C'mon. This movie has top-notch action,interesting and complex characters, amazing and realistic special effects, great casting, and an exciting twist at the end.
James McAvoy is pretty good, but the real stars are Anjolina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, who are constantly gripping through the action sequences.
In my opinion, the only thing wrong with this movie are two much slow-motion in the action parts, which mildly ruins it.
So for all of you people bashing this movie. I gotta say: YOU PEOPLE MUST HAVE NO GOOD TASTE.
Prom Night (2008)
Skip Prom and stay home
Yes, the trailer for Prom Night makes the movie look very scary. It's a classic slasher story about a psychopath who's obsessed with some girl and will kill anybody who gets in his way. But even though it looks scary, it falls extremely short of expectations.
The plot seems really predictable and unoriginal that it feels like 5 year olds version of Haloween.Even though I don't watch slashers, I'm pretty sure the killer is supposed to hide his face with a mask or something, which makes this more unscary. The characters in this movie seem totally cliché and stereotypical and uninteresting. Obviously, the idea for this movie has been done a billion times, making it one of the most unoriginal ideas ever.
But the biggest issue that this movie has is it tries to hard to obtain a PG-13 rating by hiding and the blood, sex, gore, and graphic terror violence it needs to give movie goers a good chill up their spine and a feeling of sickness in their stomachs. Whenever the slasher goes and kills someone, the movie is just stupid enough to cover up all of the stabbing, blood, and scary killings our slasher brings out.
What you have hear is a silly, pointless, and ultimately unscary half-hour of your life that looks like a Disney-fied terror movie thats made for little kids only. If it was more bloody and gory, it might have givin people a slight jolt.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Out of the darkness comes the Knight
The Dark Knight is just Batman with a new name, but it still better than all other superheroes.
This movie features an all star cast of Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckheart, and Morgan Freeman who all give fantastic performances and do their best not to overact.
What makes this different from other superhero movies is its not for kids only. "The Dark Knight" deals with many mature issues and has extreme situations that might not be suitable for kids.(The PG-13 rating doesn't seem suitable.) Everything in the movie is creepy, suspenseful, dramatic, and extremely likable.
This is the perfect movie for Batman, DC, and superhero fans alike.
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Simpsons may be getting old, but they will never die
The movie is just hilarious from beginning to end. The story is hugely funny and the writing is great. Homer is still goofy and Marge is still funny without being funny. Bart and Lisa steal the show. Maggie is cute. Ralph comes out of nowhere and makes great one-liners. Flanders and his kids are still religiously sound(making room for tons of irreverent humor).
Many of the jokes are standard and predictable, but still lovable. Some aren't funny at all. Some are just ridiculous.
The presence of Green Day in the beginning of the movie singing the Simpsons theme song was a perfect choice. (And I'm not just saying that because Green Day is my favorite band).
This is definitely one of the funniest movies ever.
A "Jump" backwards in sci-fi
Jumper seems like a great idea for a movie. It has some interesting characters, well-thought out story, and some good actions sequences. It sounds like the next big blockbuster.
Unfortunately, it falls short of expectations.
There's's not that many problems with it. I mean, it has nice characters, but the movie fails to make them look cool or interesting.
There are hardly any special effects and the movie mainly consists of Hayden Christensen and Jamie popping in and out of worldwide locations.(And Rachel Bilson's character, Hayden's girlfriend Millie saying "David, what is going on through most of the middle part.)
The movie is also way to short, about an hour and a half, making it a waste of time.
Wait till it comes on cable.
Who doesn't watch the Watchmen
Watchmen is definitely one of the best movies of the year. It has top of the line action, interesting characters, and fantastic visual effects. It builds up the suspense till the unbelievable ending and if you've read the book, you'll find the movie is extremely accurate.
The actors like Malin Akkerman, Billy Cruddup, Jackie Haley, and Carla Gugino all give powerful performances and really bring the characters to life. The action sequences mostly consist of cracking bones and bloody wounds, which is kinda gross.
But the movie isn't perfect, it has a few issues: 1)Way too long. 2)Some of the performances by the actors were sorely lacking. 3)Movie takes itself way to seriously. 4)Almost all action sequences are in slow motion, sort of ruining it. 5)Slightly cheesy writing with bad one-liners.
Still, it a great remake and Snyder did a good job fitting so much important material into one 2 hour movie.