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Notable efforts from a cast (and Seth Rogen)
What I enjoy about 50/50 is that it isn't too far fetched from regular life under these circumstances. A 27 y/o gets a rare cancer that is not commonly diagnosed or beaten, meets with a young and attractive therapist (which is convenient for us and plot development), has a protective mother, and a Seth Rogen-type friend.
Everything that Adam does in this movie is based upon these characters,who all act very stereotypically towards a guy with cancer. His mother gets regresses to when she was a primary caretaker. After the breakup with his girl friend, Kyle takes Adam under his wing through marijuana and sex. He tries to push Adam even farther away from his now- ex by convincing him to be carefree about her, and even disrespecting her a little bit. Bros before hoes.
Something my teacher brought up is that therapists are not allowed to touch a client without permission. Anna Kendrick at this time does not abide by this, being she's only 24 and still inexperienced. Although it's valid to say that this is unrealistic of a therapist to stray from this ethic, it's also valid to remember she is still kinda new. With only 3 patients and still in training, she's a rookie. It's just that humanly error and convenient characteristic for plot development that makes this movie more heartfelt.
Adam is pretty likable as the main character of this movie. The guy gets a threatening cancer diagnosis at a young age where it's very likely he'll die. What happens to him are plausible events, minus going out to get laid. I understand that people tend to pity someone who suffers, but would a girl really have a stand with a cancer patient? I just don't see that happening. His whole conflict with his girlfriend, plausible to display of character. You can't expect a loved one to not feel struck with so much stress during the time. It takes a strong woman like his mother to take care of someone with such a physical or mental disease.
With all that said, I've become a much bigger fan of Joseph Gordon Levitt and Anna Kendrick. The first time I really watched anything of Levitt in depth was 10 things I hate about you. What I learned is that he was a child actor as well. He has really come such a long way since then, as he actually turned out to be a respectable actor. And now I can't stop obsessing over Anna Kendrick. She has the confidence of Tina Fey without being over the top and obnoxious like some other characters, plus charm and beauty. I love the ending as well; the interaction that we've seen from them, you just want to smile every scene. I know I did, how they were always so awkward with one another until they call.
The music chosen and played for this movie is pretty good too as it helps define the mood. I don't think any songs were produced a few years within this movie, and if there are then they certainly aren't mainstream songs that are used like they are today. There also are some songs not included in the soundtrack that are subtle and delicate, but add to then moment when no one is talking. The use of guitar solos in some scenes is very original compared to rap.
I could easily watch this movie repeatedly because of everything about it. The real, yet fun, scenarios make this one of the cast's finer works. Often I find myself searching for certain clips of this movie, because it was so enjoyable to watch. Another Kendrick or Levitt movie is next on my list, considering how great this one was.
Teen Titans (2003)
One of THE BEST Cartoon Network series
It's hard to give a kids' show 10/10. Why? Because its generally made for kids; that's the logic. However, this show isn't just for kids, as I realized when it aired, just as I do now watching online.
The show can get goofy at times revolving around the green character, but the rest can be just as serious as any other superhero show. Teen Titans is similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (No, not the original series, and DEFINITELY NOT like the 2012 version. The series that aired in 2003, ironically the same year Titans was made). Similar animation style, villains, fighting, more comedy, but no little romance. Titans doesn't throw the love in your face, but when it does, you feel the full force of it. These characters have little to hate about them, so its really hard to not want to see them together.
Now to get to the main theme of this show; the action sequences. Titans is a cartoon and there are brief times when you are able to see the cartoonish style of attacks. It's not as drastic as Tom and Jerry where if a character got flattened, they'd continue to walk flat until springing back to normal. The use of cartoon fun is meant to add to the show, something that Batman and Green Lantern shows lack because they are deep and dark. Titans has both those aspects to it at times, but still doesn't lose sight of who the intended audience is; kids. And like I said before, the cartoon animations are only brief, and do not make you feel like you're watching something along the lines of Spongebob.
With that said, I loved how much this show's softer moments relate to viewers. Batman= dark, drastic, hero. Iron Man= billionaire, genius. Teen titans= heroes who STILL have to struggle with their hormones and personalities as teenagers. Some of the issues that they face are topics that we discuss still to this day. And what gets me is how moving some of the dialogue exchanges during these scenes are. Soon after a few episodes a viewer is already growing on their characters.
Let's not forget the caliber cast assembled to play these heroes. I'm very satisfied with the choices for each character on this show, especially the main ones. Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, and Greg Cipes always find their way into cartoons, and I was so glad to see them take on a show that is more susceptible to be eaten up by more keen critics. Ron Perlman and Ashley Johnson also have reputable resumes (Hellboy and The Last of Us, respectively). Many people might've gotten sick of Spongebob's voice, but it's much more difficult to hate on voice actors like these guys.
I just wish this show was much longer than 65 episodes, because the series was and still is in a higher league. Such a shame though that this show was "revived" with Teen Titans Go, because that show is 50 notches under par compared to this show, even if it is for younger children.
I Know What You Did Last Summer, really slowly
Just watched it with my friends. Wasn't as scary as I thought it'd be. Mostly every scary event was from the trailer. The movie is more suspense and freak than actual gore or scare. And the scares that do take place are shown for like a frame for multiple times before you get that the person is dead. The plot was easy to follow, and each plot twist was easily understood, but there isn't much that makes this movie stand out. I also found that the scenes were dragged out much longer than what'd be OK. I understand that people will take time to figure out what to truly say during online chat, but really. Read a little fast people. Btw, you don't ever see the face of the being/monster/person/thing that makes this horror movie, which is a little saddening. But I guess that'd take away from the modern feel of the movie. Don't cyberbully....
Definitely would not want to watch this again, if this was one of few movies being aired
Must've been before the events of Pacific Rim...
In my head I was CONSTANTLY thinking of Jaegers and Kaijus from Pacific Rim... Cmon, where's Gypsy Danger at? BLOW THIS .... UP
To anyone who at least knows the previous Godzilla, it was just that one berserk lizard roaming around, and the government has to killer her, similar to Cloverfield, without the amateur recording with a shoe. Godzilla is more than just "blowing up a rampant, giant monster", but I will not explain why that is, as that would ruin your excitement firsthand if not already spoiled. There is a small plot twist that makes the movie more clear for people trying to understand what has happened.
This movie actually has a main character, who is a Lieutenant... He doesn't have a giant megazord or robot to battle Godzilla, he doesn't heat-ray vision or super-strength. His father has just studied Godzilla and any related events after her first appearance, and that is the only reason why this soldier is important. Otherwise, he is just any other soldier who must survive to get back to his family. Then again, I don't really know how well you can focus on an average person with a plot like this if he isn't really important to begin after the story unravels anyway.
If you're into giant monsters and Michael Bay Bewms, then watch this modern version of Godzilla
The Sandlot 2 (2005)
Eh, just Eh....
I watched the original Sandlot on ABC family for the first time, and I loved it. Reminded me of the little rascals and potty-mouth 5th grade Rugrats. This one, waaaaaay to identical to the first sandlot. Some similarities are fine, but I mean you could write a five page essay on the SAME features of story. The rival team, the scary dog, the new and better sneakers, "Smalls", the planned kiss, the carnival, the fat catcher, the retrieval plans, the hot day and pool time, etc.... I prefer sequels to movies that are either a continuation of the prev story with many of the same characters, or a prelude to the original story. If a reboot/remake is made, it better be muuuuuuuuuuuch better.
However, I do like that this version is a bit more diverse. It's different that this time 3 girls are added into the Sandlot mix, even if they don't focus on the baseball aspect of this movie that much. Bringing a deaf kid certainly is different, though it doesn't add much. Where David says he has to retrieve the ... from the beast, it reveals back story as to why he actually has to do it, something I don't recall the first movie doing.
Otherwise this movie gets a quarter of a thumb up....
Pacific Rim (2013)
MUCH better than Power Rangers and Transformers
How many of you remember, "WE NEED DINOSAUR POWER NOW"? Ah, that and the recent Transformer movies. Rather than just A lot of explosions and teenagers running like chicken ......, you get more of the idea that these are manmade military megazords.
First, I think I can speak for most people when I say that the fight scenes are "booking dot" great. The amount of detail in the movements and in the scenery is a sight to see. I mean honestly, there isn't a clear use of military guns and tanks that we've all seen before; its all replaced with giant robot fighting that is pretty much new to us.
The story? Like all in your face, big bang movies, I do feel it is a little lacking. But...I didn't really need much of a story because I was so glued to the screen.
The idea of the whole movie is where I must applaud. Parts of this movie are so well thought out and original its not seen very often. The idea of using 2 pilots to command a robot, now that I think isn't that original...But the idea of neurology, the design of the whole movie, using weaponry different than some grenades and just some bullets....and the way everything looks in the end.
I can say that this is going to be a movie I will be eagerly looking for online and on HBO, as this is literally the best giant robot, giant monster, military, fighting movie EVER MADE
Power Rangers Samurai (2011)
Not as good as I remember
I grew up with power rangers. Halloween, the MMPR switch helmet to head action figures, the DVD's. After Jetix was canceled, I didn't often watch power rangers unless someone posted a season online. For me Power Rangers was good until Overdrive, with the team-up as an exception. I've seen a good portion of the whole MMPR saga, so I can understand why there are so many similarities to the original.
Since this was going to be the first time on Nick, and the first power rangers show in a while, many things were kept same. At first I hated it so much, until I thought to lay off a bit. The theme; another rock based song with much guitar and GO-GO POWER RANGERS. While A LOT of people find this a cop out, its supposed to bring back to the good ol' days. Of course, BULK AND SKULL's nephew or something like that ARE BACK. But by now, Bulk should be in his 30's, 40's. I kind of liked when the two numbskulls were always playing Sherlock finding out who the rangers were in High School. He's not an idiot anymore, and he is not fighting the minions like in Zeo and in Space... He's changed, but still has some features of the original.
Now the show on its own...I do like that the actors themselves do have a bit more screen time to create more of a plot for the episode. I'll be honest it isn't that bad for some. Pinkie sounds like she's being like that red head from that Victorious show at times when she's unmorphed, like she's trying to create that voice. Yellow Ranger completely sounds fake. Sounds like she's trying even more than the pink ranger to have a fake voice and sound like an idiot. The red ranger is whom I have the biggest problem with. He just sounds so boring and monotone. Kind of like Vypra from Lightspeed, there is no energy in either of their voices. There it is, my attack, nuff said.
The effects are much worse than that of power rangers Ninja Storm and Time Force when they could run at fast speeds and animate monster attacks. It just looks ridiculous now as there seems to be more animation for the attacks as they get blown away real quickly.
The zords, look stupid. but somewhat make sense. Half resembles the appropriate animal, half resembles their symbol. Since these rangers' theme are Samurai and since Samurai are from Japan and since the rangers do emphasize the use of "symbol power", Japanese Characters, Why not have their symbols on their zords and helmets?
While not being the same as what I remember from being a kid, there are some good that has been done, some. Can't say I'd want to watch the who season online, but did feel like running onto ceilings as if I was 7 years old again. I'd rather stick with earlier works.
Lightspeed, Timeforce, and Ninjastorm FTW
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
If you think you are going to get a lot of explosions like in some kind of Michael Bay movie then you are wrong. Nobody goes Rambo either. While the summary of the movie might not sound that great, the movie gets better. It is similar to the life of a regular couple, but just much more...engaging. They have a nice dinner with wine and bread (Coinsidence?), while being more than careless with the knives. They eat breakfast, but with shattered glasses and whatever wasn't destroyed from gunfire. They have their fair share of fights, that just involves guns and more knives and fists and nut-shots.
I'm one who likes a good fire fight and fancy smancy words that "Secret...Agent Man" uses, but I honestly watch this movie to watch the movie because of humor. At times they do act lovingly to each other, when one isn't trying to shoot the other. You can just feel the fun that these two are having. And then there are some scenes with vince Vaughn that do create a smile.
Would recommend if in need of a decent laugh.
The Naked Brothers Band (2007)
To start: Who the hell are these kids again?
Never saw the premier, only happened to see this show once because nothing else was on.
A couple of kids playing instruments have their own show...Nothing sounds interesting. The one episode I saw there was a relationship between two of the cast members. Can someone PLEASE explain a few kids who have no talent and nothing special have their own show? It seemed to be a mix of kardashian crap and a music video. Listened to one of this band's songs online, was nothing special as nothing was anything worth mentioning
Can't go into detail about the show cuz I've never cared to fully watch an episode, but am just glad its over.
Catch 21 (2008)
Carlton? After all these years in the closet?
I do like game shows to a certain extent when it involves trivia. Swearing a bunch in Jeopardy, guessing on Millionaire, but I don't like game shows that involve luck and risk. At that point it isn't about how smart you are anymore, but how much you're willing to gamble.
This show seemed entertaining at first, although after watching did seem pretty slow watching a chick flip cards and figuring out what 17+5 equals... This was a VERY original concept from word associations and hardcore trivia, but the idea dies out after a while.
Now for the reason most of us are here.......... I had just started to watch The Fresh Prince starting from ep 1 tonight, already on ep 8. It's good to see the little dark guy got some screen time in something I've watched after Prince. Funny and somewhat queer, Carlton grew on me. Didn't exactly bring all the humor over from the 90's but gave the show some time to last a week