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Pixar's greatest work since Toy Story!
I'm a big fan of Pixar and Pixar has given us a lot of classics over the years like the Toy Story movies, Up, Ratatouille and Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo. And WALL-E in my opinion, is one of Pixar's best. It's a beautiful and wonderful story of romance, adventure and science fiction. What I love and what makes this film unique and original is that there is hardly any dialogue between the robots like WALL-E and EVE and they just let the characters tell the story. I'm also glad that it has a high rating on IMDb and has gotten so much praise from critics and fans and it's up there with my favourite films of all time and 2008 was a great year for movies like this one.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
Quite possibly Nickelodeon's best animated show! Forget Spongebob!
It's hard to believe that this show is ten years old now. As a kid, I was a huge fan of Nickelodeon back in old days like Rugrats (even new Rugrats), Hey Arnold, Angry Beavers, Doug, Spongebob Squarepants (old Spongebob that is), The Wild Thornberrys and maybe even a bit of Catdog. But when I first saw Avatar: The Last Airbender (or Avatar: The Legend of Aang) I wasn't mad on it. But when I gave it another chance I fell in love with the show even though I don't watch that much anime and surprisingly this is Nickelodeon's first anime show. I remember watching every episode every evening when I was in secondary school and always looking forward to new episodes. Pretty much everything about the show is great: the animation, the characters, and the story- lines. I also love the similarities between Aang and Zuko about Aang trying to restore peace to the world while Zuko tries to restore his honour. But I have to admit some of the characters can be kind of annoying. Like for example, Katara is too much of a cry-baby drama queen. And I was kind of disappointed with the end of the series. Like I thought Sokka and Katara would go back to the South Pole to see Gran Gran and Toph would go back to her parents and we see what happened to Zuko's mother and Aang would try to revive the Air Nomads. But other than that, I think it should've gotten more attention at the Emmys even though it won only one Primetime Emmy Award because like I said the animation is magnificent. I just wish M. Night Shyamalan hadn't made the unwatchable movie of The Last Airbender. And I also wish they hadn't made a follow-up series called The Legend of Korra. It's an okay show but I think it was pretty unnecessary because the three seasons are just perfect they way they are. I'm also sick of people calling Spongebob Squarepants the greatest show on Nickelodeon even though I enjoyed it back in the early days when it was funny and even clever but it's totally overstayed its welcome.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
A combination of Star Wars and The Avengers
I have to admit, when I saw the trailer of Guardians of Galaxy I thought it was going to be straight-up stupid. But when I saw that it got great reviews, I decided to go see and is was surprisingly good. It was action-packed, it was funny, it was exciting, it was science fiction. What I really liked about it was it took some elements from Star Wars and The Avengers. My favourite character in the film is probably Rocket because he was the funniest and Bradley Cooper did a very good job with his voice-acting. Though I have to disagree with IMDb users that rated it on the Top 250 list. I mean it's a very good sci-fi flick but I don't think it deserves to be on the Top 250 list and even higher than The Avengers which is the greatest superhero movie of all time.
Lost in Translation (2003)
A subtle masterpiece
It's hard to believe that this movie is over ten years old. Time flies! And 2003 was a great year for movies with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo, The Last Samurai, X2 and School of Rock and of course, Lost in Translation. I also can't believe some people on IMDb are calling this movie boring and depressing. This is a masterpiece.
It's amazing how someone like Sofia Coppola can take something simple of a story about two people who stuck in a big city like Tokyo and making something so subtle out of it. We are given a story about Bob Harris who is middle-aged actor who's marriage is going downhill and a young graduate student named Charlotte who is neglected by her husband. Both of them are lonely and depressed in the city of Tokyo but when they meet each other they form a friendship and even some romance and they also learn something from each other.
Sofia Coppola while she had a failing career as an actress but she managed to do a brilliant job in writing and directing this film. I also like Bill Murray and it's great to see him step out of comedy and into a serious drama role and oddly enough this is my favourite film by him. Scarlett Johansson did a fine performance as well and she was robbed of being nominated for an Oscar even though she won a BAFTA and was nominated for a Golden Globe. She's beautiful no question, but I think her acting is underrated. I also wish we could have got more movies written/directed by Sofia Coppola.
True Lies (1994)
James Cameron's most underrated movie
James Cameron is one of my favourite directors and Arnold Schwarzenegger is my favourite action star and 1994 was probably one of the best years for movies ever with movies like Pulp Fiction, Leon: The Professional, Forrest Gump and The Shawshank Redemption. All those movies are masterpieces but True Lies was one of the most underrated movies of 1994.
I'm a big fan of the first two Terminator movies and after three years we got a Cameron/Schwarzenegger and it turned out to be a great success even though it may not be as good as Aliens or Terminator 2 or Titanic. It mixes action, comedy and romance and it also takes some elements of James Bond and Rambo. It's a pity we didn't get a sequel out of it but if there was a sequel I doubt it would be as good as the first.
One of the best movies of the '80s
1984 was one of the best years for movies in the 1980s with movies like The Karate Kid, The Terminator, Ghostbusters and of course, Amadeus and Milos Forman is a brilliant director with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Man on the Moon. Amadeus is a great tale about music, drama and envy even though it's not historically accurate like Mozart worked hard on his music and Salieri was a respected composer and there's no proof that he wanted to murder Mozart. It's well-scripted, well-directed and well-acted, particularly by it's two lead actors, F. Murray Abraham (Salieri) and Tom Hulce (Mozart). Abraham plays The music is also amazing even though I'm not a big of classical music or opera. The only problem with this film is that it's a bit too long, in other words, "too many notes". But other than that, I can see why this film won eight Oscars. It's a real pity we don't see more of Hulce or Abraham in movies these days because they were both top-notch actors. Also Elizabeth Berridge was quite good too as Mozart's wife Constanze and I think she was robbed for an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The beginning of superhero movies
Before I saw Superman, I wasn't a big fan of Superman himself but after watching this movie, it really got me into him. Superman: The Movie has everything in it: it's action-packed, it's romantic, it's sentimental, it's dramatic, it's adventurous, it's funny etc. But my only problem with the movie is how goofy it is. Like you would think Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor would be a serious villain but he was pretty silly to be honest. And the special effects are kind of dated compared to today's standards. But other then that, the movie is really worth-watching. Christopher Reeve was an excellent choice for Superman and the scenery and cinematography is just beautiful as well as the music and I enjoy the romance between Superman and Lois Lane but I would've really like to see more romance between Clarke Kent and Lana Lang since she was only in it for a short time. And frankly, Superman should be given a higher rating on IMDb than a disappointing 7.3, I mean this was like the true beginning of superhero movies.
Last Action Hero (1993)
A nice parody of an action movie
I noticed that this movie got some pretty bad reception from critics and didn't do that well in the box office but that was because it was released at the same time as Jurassic Park. And I think the reason why people didn't like was because they took it too seriously.
The thing is this movie is a parody of action movies like Blazing Saddles is a parody of westerns or Spaceballs was a parody of sci-fi movies. But even I can admit this movie gets pretty cheesy and over the top at times but parodies are like that. And even the kid, Danny was pretty annoying at times. But I think its a fun movie to watch, especially if you're an action fan and Arnold Schwarzenegger has always been my favourite action star. And I like the idea of the clash between fantasy and reality and it's also funny and exciting.
Dr. No (1962)
The Beginning of James Bond
It's hard to believe that it's been over 50 years since the first showing of James Bond in Dr. No.. While it may not be one of the best like Goldfinger or GoldenEye or Skyfall, it gives off a good start to one of the greatest movie characters and franchises ever. Plus, it has the best and original James Bond, the one and only Sean Connery and has, in my opinion, the best Bond girl, Honey Ryder played by Ursela Andress. And while the action or gadgets scenes may not be as thrilling to today standards, they are still fun to watch. And though the pacing is a bit slow and dated, it still keeps up with the plot. And it's also interesting to see what Sean Connery was like with the role that made him an screen icon.
Batman & Robin (1997)
What were Warner Bros. thinking?!
I remember seeing Batman & Robin in the cinema when I was a kid but the funny thing is I can't even remember if I liked it or not. But now like most people, I think it's one of the worst movies ever made. I know I might be generous giving it 3/10 instead of a 1/10, like most IMDb users. But the only good about this movie, for me anyway, was Alicia Silverstone because she was good eye candy despite her poor performance as Barbra Wilson/Batgirl. But I have to agree that this is the lowest point Batman , one of my favourite superheroes has ever gone and hopefully never will.
Pretty much everything is bad about this movie: the plot, the casting, the writing, the effects, the action, the acting, the directing etc. The infamous Bat nipples are just disturbing. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a terrible choice for Mr. Freeze even though he's my favourite action star. But I probably would've liked to see him as Bane instead of the awful depiction by Jeep Swenson. And George Clooney's got nothing on Batman! Thank God Joel Schumacher never made sequel to this monstrosity of a movie. It was supposed to be called Batman Triumphant and it was supposed to have Madonna as Harley Quinn and Keanu Reeves as Scarcrow. But the only actor who didn't make a fool of himself was Michael Gough as Alfred who passed away only a couple of years ago RIP. But at least we still have Christopher Nolan to thank for rebooting the Batman movies and making them better than ever with The Dark Knight Trilogy.