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The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Good Vampire show but not great
While i will admit to never reading the book series, I have seen the first two seasons of this show including some of the beginning for season three and I was not impressed. The show follows the life of Elena, who lost her parents in a tragic accident, and her life suddenly changes when she meets Stefan, who is latter revealed to be a vampire (why does this sound familiar) and then his brother, Damon is introduced and both fall in love with her. I myself am getting quite tired of both the teen drama and love triangle in modern day television. I watched both this show and True Blood to compare them and i can honestly say i enjoyed True Blood much more, because of its story and the well acted characters. Do not get me wrong, the actors in Vampire Diaries are great, my favorite was Damon, played by Ian Somerhalder, who does a great job as the conflicted vampire, and had a previous but brief role in the hit series, Lost. All in all, if you want something that is LIKE twilight but NOT twilight, then by all means this is a 10, no brainer, go for it, you wont regret it. If you are looking for something a little adultish or mature without too many romances, this isn't really the show. Its main audience is young adults and teens and it shows.
A Thousand Words (2012)
I had previously seen Tower Heist last year with Eddie Murphy in it and absolutely loved it. I know it wasn't the best, it had flaws, but Eddie shined in his role. I thought it was a great comeback and was even more excited when i heard he was coming out in yet another movie. Little did i know that he had filmed this movie some years ago, it is barely coming out in theaters. I have to say, it is awful. Basically the beginning is the best part of the whole movie, if there is a good part. Eddie plays a literary agent who uses his mouth to get a book deal from just about everyone. When he runs into a guru, played by Cliff Curtis, he sees through his lies and curses him with a tree with 1000 leaves. He spends the whole movie saying "I didn't plant that tree" and "Only you can stop this curse". I found it both annoying and repetitive. What really angered me, was Eddies assistant, played by Clark Duke who many know from hits like Hot Tub Machine or Kick Ass. While he was good in those roles, in this one, he is utterly useless and annoying. I just wanted to leave the theater whenever he came out, it was really that bad his performance. When Eddie loses his ability to speak, the film takes a turn for the worst. Even the infamous scene at starbucks couldn't fix this movie. I couldn't believe they used starbucks in this junk of a movie, what was starbucks thinking. Overall, do NOT watch this movie. If you want to have any form of respect for Eddie Murphy as an actor, watch Tower Heist and end it with that. Skip this abomination of a movie that obviously wasn't released earlier because of how awful it is. I wish i could say it was funny at least, but it left me with a bad taste in my mouth, much like last year's Jack and Jill, the movie that ultimately made me give up hope for Adam Sandler. Hope this helps!
The Woman in Black (2012)
Not perfect, but still really good
I myself am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and was deeply saddened with the end of the series. It felt like my childhood had ended as the series came to a close last year. I am happy to write that Daniel Radcliffes latest film does not disappoint. This film takes a traditional formula in the horror movie franchise. In today's society, people expect blood, gore and violence to sell in a horror movie, but this one uses frightening unexpected scenes. This works great for the film because it really has little to no violence overall. The premise is a broken man who lost his wife in childbirth and he is assigned to go to the house in which the main story's horror elements take place. The story itself is rather straightforward, you wont really find a huge amount of twists, but then again that is not what the emphasize is on. The Gothic look was very much appreciated by me as i am a huge fan of traditional horror films that were in black and white, and i found this to be a welcome addition to the genre. While it will not be a film that you will watch again and again, or will call a modern masterpiece, it is indeed a fantastic film in my opinion and worth it to anyone who wants to see Daniel Radcliffe in a mature role and a good horror movie. I think if anything my only complaint was that it sometimes felt like it would drift from the main plot and kind of throw you somewhere else without really explaining why. Other then that i can honestly say to go see it and enjoy.
The Wolfman (2010)
Good but not great
This movie is a remake of a 1940's classic and brought to modern day audience with all this werewolf and vampire frenzy thing going on with Twilight and True Blood. I will tell you right now that the Wolfman is not for everyone. In my opinion, it does what it sets out to do, it tells a story about a tortured man who gets bitten by a werewolf and eventually turns into one. Benicio Del Toro is a fantastic actor in his role and handles it with care. Anthony Hopkins like always plays the creepy character in a horror movie like Hannibal Lector. Hugo Weaving is alittle out of place in my opinion in this movie but still manages to make the best of his situation. Emily Blunt is the biggest standout because at times i felt like she was forced into the story to give the main character a love interest. Overall, if you like horror movies or are trying to satisfy your hunger for supernatural creatures of the dark then this movie will please you. If you are not really into any of this stuff then just ignore the movie overall. Honestly, it wont win any awards or be remembered as a great movie but i will give it a 9 for doing what it set out to do but not a 10 because as my title says, Good but not great. Hope this helped you and enjoy the movie.
Monster House (2006)
Good Halloween movie for the kid in all of us
I personally remember the day this movie came out and it made me think to myself this looks like a family oriented film. I saw it and found out how wrong i was. Not only does it have a lot of scenes that i wouldn't recommend for small children but some of the jokes and gags will not be understood to children possibly younger then 9 or 10. The story is about a boy who believes his neighbors house is haunted. The story is pretty predictable at times but their are a few twists and turns that some wont see coming. A lot of veteran actors appear on this movie such as Jason Lee, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Kevin James. The rest of the cast are mostly people from kid shows but overall the cast is funny and strong. This movie is indeed perfect for the season of Halloween, if you intend to watch it with kids however be warned of its content before doing so. I want to give this a 10 because it is a really good film, i enjoyed watching it and watch it all the time with my family every Halloween, its kind of a tradition for us now. I hope this helped to inform you if you would like it or not and just remember not to expect anything shocking or mind-blowing but its still a fun film nonetheless.
Fast Five (2011)
The Greatest Fast and the Furious since the first one and its even better!!!!!
Im not usually a fan of sequels, considering a lot of them are not as good as the original, this was indeed the case with the Fast and the Furious franchise, the first one was purely original and fun to watch while the sequels were not as good. This movie however proved me wrong. This Fast and the Furious story takes place after the fourth movie and picks up right from where they left it off and immediately finishes off with little time to take in. Dominic Played by Vin Diesal has broken out of prison with the help of Paul Walker and Doms sister. The overall story is not the most original thing I've ever heard of but in a way its a nice turn for the series considering the second movie felt more like an episode then a movie, i have no idea what the third movie was, and the fourth was a repeat of the first movie. This time around, Paul is not a cop but rather a fugitive on the run, i really liked this turn for him because i often wondered how many times could they allow him to return to being a cop. Many characters from the past movies come back here, so if you haven't seen the past movies, you will be lost as to who's who and whats their role to play in the story. New to this story is Dwayne Johnson who plays a ruthless but hardcore villain who is determined to capture Dom and his group. I gotta say, this is one of the only film roles i have seen Dwayne in that i actually like, i think he finally found the role that may define the rest of his career. The fight between Dwayne and Vin was indeed the Arnold and Sylvester fight everyone has been waiting for since the 80's. The movie has tons of girls in bikinis, fast cars, and a lot more action this time around. My only complaint if anything is the beginning, i kind of wish they hadnt rushed it like they did, im the kind of person that enjoys a good introduction, and the beginning was alittle too much emphasis, so thats about it everything else was fantastic. Also the shocking revelation in the end may send shivers down hardcore fans of the genre, others will not understand it, but i will say for those of you who have seen the past movies, you will get a real kick out of the ending, for those of you who haven't, see the past ones before seeing this one. If you have already given up on the franchise, watch this movie to change your frame of mind, it will make a difference.
a great series with some flaws that ultimately lead to its undoing
The very first TV show i ever got into that wasn't a cartoon was the show, Lost, and i remember seeing billboards and even hearing about how Heroes was the new Lost and a fantastic show. This must have been during its first and second season run, because after that, everything went down hill. To begin this review, lets start by talking about season one first. This one is probably by far the greatest season of them all, this one had everything that made the show as great as it was. My favorite Character was Peter Petrelli, i could relate to him in a lot of ways, plus i have the same hairstyle as him in season one. Overall, i give the first season a 10, if anything, at least watch this one, it wont disappoint. Season 2 now, this one had a lot of potential to be better then season one, but the writers strike and it being cut down to only 11 episodes really killed the show from expanding. The villain in this one was interesting and i would have loved to have seen more screen time with him, but as you will see in season three, he is killed off like nothing. Also Peter cuts off his signature hair, that was a downer but i still loved the season. i give it a 9 since it was too short but it would definitely have been better then the first season had it been more detailed and longer. Season 3, this one is by far the worst of the series. Season 3 starts off with peters dad being alive after they thought he was dead and he ends up being alive. He then begins assembling villains and he starts to steal heros powers including Peters. This ruined it for me since he is supposed to the strongest, but i was open to let it try to make itself work after that. i was wrong. The show suffered mostly from a need to continuously try to explain itself when everyone wanted action and not to mention they never really got to the point of what they started off with. I will admit however that killing off Nathan was a big one since he is Peters brother and claries father. I give it a 7, watching season 2 will leave you wanting to watch 3, but just don't expect the best like 1 or 2. Season 4, this one finally went back on track with what made Heroes a good show but was not perfect. I found that they wasted too much time with the Hiro story arc and the episode of Thanksgiving was an utter waste, its the one episode i would never see again. Season 4 showed that the writers understood how people did not like the new direction of season 3, but ultimately this did not save the show from being cancelled. I know season 5 would have been epic but for now season 4 gets a 8, its not better then one or two but it is a lot better then 3. The show overall gets a 9 since i really liked it, just didn't like season 3 a whole lot and a few episodes of season 4.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
an OK sequel, but not better then the original
I personally loved the original Iron Man. It was the best summer movie of the year when it came out. When i heard they would make a sequel, i was both thrilled but thinking, how are they going to top the first one. Honestly, my worst fears came true. Iron Man 2 takes place alittle bit after the first one, with Iron man enjoying his fame and attention he is receiving for revealing the truth of his identity at the end of the first film. Robert Downey Jr as always is fantastic as Tony Stark. In my opinion, he was not only born to play the super hero, but he IS tony stark in real life. Thats what makes the chemistry so amazing and real. Don Cheadle takes over the role of Iron Mans best friend, War Machine, after Terrance Howard was fired from the movie. He does a good job, hes a great actor, but i felt like he was alittle out of place, seeing as how this is his first official super hero movie. He also lacked chemistry in the friendship between Robert that Terrance had. The villain in this movie, Whiplash, is played by the fantastic and amazing Mickey Rourke. I gotta say, he went all out in this movie. He did not hold back, although i did feel like his character started faltering when Sam Rockwells character came in. This is where it all ended for me. Sam is a great actor, i have enjoyed many of his movies, and i respect him as an actor, but in this movie, i thought he really sucked. His character is so pathetic in some of the scenes he comes out in, i feel like if they had removed him and only kept Mickey, i might have awarded the movie a 9 instead of an 8. Some of his scenes are just plain stupid or pathetic to me, and i really felt bad that Mickey had to go through with doing these scenes with such bad scenes. Also, the actual fighting does not happen till the last 10 minutes of the film, and by then, you don't really care much for it anymore. Overall, i really wanted to fall in love with this movie, but i found myself thinking that it was okay at best. Sam is the only actor i will complain about in this movie, since his character sucked, but overall, i will award this movie an 8 out of 10, if you loved the original, definitely check out this one, just don't expect it to be as good or better.
Jonah Hex (2010)
not as bad as everyone says it is
ill admit, the movie is anything but perfect, but it still gets the job done. The movie is not very long, only an hour and twenty one minutes, and in this time, you see Jonah Hex, a man who saw the death of his child and wife and was branded by a man who sought vengeance for the murder of his son. Jonah lives through the ordeal and is disfigured by the mark and gains the ability to speak to the dead from these Indian people. To begin with, the beginning is mostly comics, so they didn't have to pay a lot for those scenes. after thats, its straight action, no more comics, and all live action. Jonah Hex is played by the highly acclaimed actor, Josh Brolin, who is no stranger to westerns, when he made his biggest hit in the movie, No Country for Old Men. In my opinion, he is the shining star of this movie. He really acts like a ruthless man out for revenge. He is Jonah Hex. the villain, played by John Malkovich is also good. John did a great job as a villain, but i felt like his villain was not really well developed and not really someone i would care to see go. i was surprised when i first heard Megan fox would come out in the movie, but overall, her appearance was disappointing. She plays Jonahs love interest in the movie, and compared to her role in Transformers, she is not even secondary in this one. If they were to have written her out of the script, it still would have worked without her. I felt that the films flaws were that it was too short, a lot of the actors were not fit for their roles, only one being Josh Brolin, and the story itself was not very strong. I will however award this movie half of the maximum rating, a five, because of Josh Brolins superb acting and because it is not a bad movie. Should you see it, if your a fan of the anti-hero or super hero movies, rent it. If not, don't bother. My recommendation, your better off renting the movie, its a lot better then The last airbender, which in my review, was reall really bad.
The Last Airbender (2010)
very bad movie.
Honestly, i really wanted to like this movie, since i am a huge fan of the TV series. I saw this movie, and really really hated it. i had previously seen early screenings and trailers of this movie and thought it looked fantastic, i didn't even care that some of the actors or characters looked miscast. i thought it would still try to be good. Nope, it was really bad. Noah Ringer is obviously new to the whole Hollywood business, this movie does not hide that fact. He has a long way to go before he is to be recognized as a good actor. this movie will surely scar his future career as well as the other actors. I don't believe Dev Patel will be fazed by this movie however seeing as how he won critical acclaim from Slumdog Millionaire. In this movie however, he did not shine as the antagonist, Princ Zuko. He really tried, i will admit, but the script was really messed up as well as whoever told him to act the way he did. I don't blame the actors, as much as i blame the director, the screenwriters, and the script writers. They really need to go back to the Hollywood school or maybe have an early retirement. Its things like this that ruin potential franchises. Overall, i would not recommend this movie, even to hardcore fans of the TV show. If you have to see this movie, rent it, and then dispose of it the next day. Just trust me, its forgettable, its worthless, and if they are serious about making a sequel to this disaster, they will need a new everyone as far as the production is concerned, and the actors, well i think they can stay so long as someone gives them more character depth and at least some decent dialogue.