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More Braun than Brain
Look, I know going into a Brett Ratner film starring The Rock as Hercules shouldn't have expectations high, but I expected more from this. Right from the start of the film we are immersed into a world without character development and rushed story telling.
The action scenes are all very well shot (by PG-13 standards) but everything else is subpar. Besides Dwayne Johnson most performers range from hammy to awkward, and the special effects are nothing special.
If you are capable of 100% turning your brain off, I'm talking Transformers level, you may be able to enjoy this film. But all others need not give this myth any more life.
This Is the End (2013)
Not consistently funny, but has its hilarity
If you like more than 2 of the actors in here, you'll like this movie bits not funny consistently, but when a joke hits it's hilarious. Maybe about 15 minutes too long and a few too many penis jokes for my taste (and I'm an 18 year old guy) but it was entertaining in a year of bad comedies and makes you what to be a better person (if only to survive the Apocalypse). Rogen and Goldberg show they can direct the hell out of a movie, and not just the comedy scenes. There are some genuinely frightening scenes in this film and they are executed very well. Just overall a fun film and goes to show a film about celebrities hanging out can be funny for audience members, too (here's looking at you, "Grown Ups").
A Good Ending
I am one of those people who is judging this based on the campaign alone. The online is good as always. The story modes in the MW series have always been interesting, and the backdrops are breathtaking. Some of the scenes with the the US Marines and Army are really cool, and the whole nuclear war, conspiracy theory thing is enough to make you think. While this campaign was a bit longer than MW2's, it still felt kinda short (I probably beat it in around 13 hours).It also isn't the great ending and climax that one may want. There are also the same old endless waves of enemies, who will completely disregard their own safety to try and kill you. But overall, its a great ride, and if they made it into a movie it would be amazing (as well as cost near a billion dollars)...
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
My mind was blown
So I am a huge Batman villain fan. More so than is probably good for my health. So when I saw all the villain trailers that were being released, I got super amp. And once I saw all the perfect scores it was getting, I was even more excited. And did it live up to all the hype? 99.9% yes. The possible only flaw was that the campaign seems a bit too quick (took me around 12 hours to beat, without side missions). Other than that, it's more Batman butt kicking, and mind blowing plot lines. If you thought Inception played mind games, then this will blow you away. Not buying this would be a disservice to yourself. It's that good. And although I called the ending, it's like I said: I'm a freak. I was playing with my friend online when he got to the end, and he was freaking out and not knowing what was happening. It's. That. Big.
L.A. Noire (2011)
Could have been a masterpiece
So on the outside, the game looks amazing. 1940's crime/mystery thriller with the latest facial technology. The '40s feel and scenery are extremely well done, and they do a good job at being historically accurate. However, once you start to play, it gets a little repetitive, going to case after case. Also, having been from Rockstar, the makers of GTA, I would have liked more shootouts, as well as free roam gun control. But overall, you never get bored, and it has some great plot twists. If you like solving mysteries, and don't mind spending numerous hours (sone due to being addicted and the need to finish missions) then this is the game for you.
Horrible Bosses (2011)
A new Classic
This movie has set the bar. It wasn't the funniest movie ever, but it's defiantly the funniest since the first Hangover. Jason Sudeikis is great and hilarious as the "mastermind" of the trio, and Kevin Spacey does very well as the "leader" of the evil bosses (he does even better once the movie develops). Jason Bateman has his share of chuckles, but is Charlie Day that steals the show. His squeaky, energetic sidekick character adds a certain energy to the film, and keeps it at a happy level despite its sometimes dark tone. There are a few memorable quotes and one huge laugh near the end, and overall, it is almost impossible to hate this film. While it does take a while to pick up, once they begin to plan the murders, the hilarity starts. Even paying a full $10 would be worth it.
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
A decently funny, but disappointing movie
Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Zach Gafolikalisias (you try spelling that). On paper, it seems like a comic dream team. But when it comes into real life, it doesn't quite lie up to your hype. Don't get me wrong, Zach in his two scenes is hilarious and Steve Carell, no joke, deserves an Oscar nominee for his performance, but Rudd, without his raunchy humor, falls flat, and the rest of the supporting cast doesn't provide enough laughs or support, and the plot is practicable. All the plot unfolds and the climax is met before dinner even happens. And some parts are either sick or just wrong. Bottom line, to all the people who say this offensive or stupid, calm down. Its meant to be funny. And to all the people who said that this is the funniest movie of all time.. well you have bigger problems. So if you're a fan of the actors, like I am, see the movie, its worth price of admission. If your not a big fan of Carell (once again, brilliant), Zach, or especially Rudd, rent it in 4.5 months.