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Not as Amazing as The First Film, But Nowhere Near as Bad as People Make it Out to Be
Let me just say that I am a huge fan of the Jurassic Park trilogy. This one was the first that I saw, and even now, I enjoy watching it. Sure, it's not as mind-blowing as Jurassic Park, but The Lost World is a great movie on it's own, even if there are some noticeable flaws. True, every scene is a setup for the next dinosaur attack, sure a velociraptor being knocked out by gymnastics is beyond stupid, and yeah, Sam Neill and Laura Dern are not in this movie, but there are a lot more positives concerning this movie than there are negatives. First of all, I'm glad Jeff Goldblum's character Ian Malcolm was given the lead, because this time around we really got to know him better and he was a lot more serious, mainly because he knows the dangers of facing these dinosaur, and what they're capable of, and Richard Attenborough's cameo as John Hammond was short, but quite a scene-stealing moment, and one of the most endearing moments from the entire film. The new actors(Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard, etc) were good, and this is the only movie where I feel like Vince Vaughn showed how good of an actor he is. One complaint that is just stupid is that people complained that Jurassic Park didn't show enough dinosaurs, but when Spielberg showed more in The Lost World, they complained that it was too much. Now about the special effects, the dinosaurs look even better than they did in the first film, because it had been 4 years, and so obviously the effects would be upgraded, and I know people may disagree, but I really love the T-rex running through the streets of San Diego, and it just brings up the level of excitement. Malcolm's daughter is black, and she's kinda bratty, and I liked Lex and Tim (Hammond's grandchildren) better. They were more fun to watch, and their fear was more believable. Overall, The Lost World is a great movie for thrills and the acting is solid enough to keep you invested, but that doesn't change the fact that Jurassic Park was a better movie, told a better story, and had a much better balance in showing the Dinosaurs as creatures and monsters; while Jurassic Park took an hour to show a dinosaur attack, this movie did it almost immediately in the beginning of the film. Another disappointment is that the Velociraptors are less prominent this time around, but they're just as scary as they were in the first movie. But all in all, this movie is fun and thrilling, and the acting is really good, but it lacks the magic and inspiration that made Jurassic Park amazing. 8/10
Inspector Gadget (1999)
Why the hate? I loved this movie as a kid, and I still find it entertaining!
I was obsessed with this movie as a kid, and even when I think about it now, I can see how it was silly and cliché, but it's still a joy to watch. I also knew this movie was based on a cartoon, but I knew nothing about the cartoon, and I knew about the movie first, so naturally I would assume that everything that happened in the movie is just like the cartoon, but I've read from other reviewers that this movie is so different from the cartoon. Since I never watched the cartoon, I'm reviewing this as a stand-alone film. This movie is really fun to watch; Matthew Broderick was the right man to play the title role, and he actually looks the part, I don't know why most people beg to differ, and Rupert Everett is funny as Sanford Scolex (aka Dr. Claw), and is sinister enough to get you invested, but the problem with his character is that he doesn't actually pose as a menacing threat to the society or to Gadget himself, he's more of a smooth talker. His henchmen are funny enough and they are great comic relief, but perhaps my greatest memory of this movie was the song, "I'll Be Your Everything" by Youngstown. That song is funky, it's a nice boy band tune, and it's good to listen to, but just recently, I found out that it's actually lyrically suggestive. For example the line, "So just call out 'Go-Go Gadget'", is actually, "I can freak you with my gadget", hahaha, lol, yeah I know, dirty, huh? The Robo-Gadget devil is funny, and he could've been the villain throughout, but all he does is wreak havoc around the city. The humor is good enough, and this movie is good, but I don't understand what pushed Disney to make a direct-to-DVD sequel, which was a complete travesty, and not worthy of being watched! I've only seen previews of the sequel, but that was enough for me to know that it's TERRIBLE!!! Overall, I like Inspector Gadget, and it's good for what it is, and enjoyable enough, especially if you liked it as a kid, if I were you, I wouldn't be so harsh towards the movie and just accept it as a stand- alone film. 8/10. Good job Disney!
The Biggest Fan (2002)
A Complete Waste of Time! A Bad Movie, But Good to Laugh and/or Cringe At
Let me just start by saying that I had no knowledge of Dream Street's existence until 3 months ago, I just never new about them, but I've at least known about Jesse McCartney as a solo artist for a long time. I started checking out their music videos, live performances, and interviews, and it surprises me that Jesse ended up being the breakout star of the group. Why? Because after seeing that Chris Trousdale was the ultimate favorite member, I find it weird that he didn't become the most successful member. I enjoy Dream Street's music, and I wish I had known about them when I was a little kid. Now, I had only seen parts of this movie, and that was enough for me to know that it sucks, and that it's just a cheap, boring, predictable chick flick, and the fact that Chris Trousdale was playing himself just proves that he has no acting ability. I already know how this plays out, and this kind of story has been used so many times that it just bores you out, and the girl Debbie(Kaila Amariah) has such an annoying and grating voice, it's so sickening and makes you feel like punching her in the face, and the overall premise is so corny. The only good thing about it was probably the soundtrack, which primarily consisted of Dream Street songs, and a few other various artists such as Swedish pop girl group Play, but even so, the soundtrack isn't worth buying. Why? Because it'll end up being a waste of money, especially if you already own Dream Street's album. Another thing I gotta say about this is that how the hell did Pat Morita get roped in to this nonsense, I mean it's sad that he agreed to be apart of this movie. That's all I gotta say about this movie, it's not worth anyone's time. 2/10
Boring, Unfunny, and A Completely Unnecessary Show!
I have seen this show before, but I don't watch it on a regular basis, so a few days ago, I decided to sit through an entire episode, and honestly, it's not the acting that's the problem, it's some other things I'd like to mention; 1st of all, the humor isn't funny, and half the things the characters say are in all seriousness, but for some insane reason, the laugh track plays anyway. I mean, it's as if they want us to laugh at something, just to accompany the laugh track. 2nd of all, the characters of Ravi and Zuri are over-the-top, annoying, ghetto, and flat out weird, and the fact that the parents travel all the time(which is the reason for their usual absence from the show), and adopted 3 kids, after having only 1 biological child, shows that they're clearly knockoffs of Brangelina. 3rd of all, the theme song is absolutely horrible, repetitive, generic, and written on such an illiterate level, how can anyone enjoy this? It makes the Wizards of Waverly Place theme song sound like a masterpiece, and that's saying something because I absolutely hated that one. Finally, it was a poor decision on the part of Disney executives to give Debbie Ryan her own show, she's not lead star material, she was actually funny in the Suite Life on Deck, but here, it's as if she's trying too hard to be funny. That's all I really have to say about this, it's not very good, and if it were to stay on the network longer, it shouldn't go past 2 seasons. 3/10
Phil of the Future (2004)
Man, I miss this show! Why did it have to be cancelled?!?
When this show was being promoted, I was really interested when I heard it was coming from the makers of Even Stevens and Lizzie McGuire. I loved this show, I thought the 1st season was good, but I got really pulled in by season 2, it was much better, the plots are always something different, and the characters are awesome and funny. The whole cast is really talented, and Phil and Keely's friendship is amazing, I'm so glad they actually became a couple, Pim may be evil, but she's entertaining enough, Phil's parents are interesting and they're a joy to watch on screen, but I've got to give props to JP Manoux, who's job is twice as challenging, because he plays the well-meaning but suspicious Vice Principal Hackett, and the savage, caveman Curtis, he does a really good job that sometimes you even forget that he plays both characters.
Now I just gotta say that why did this show have to be cancelled?!?!? It was genius, the thought of being from the future and stuck in the present is a fun idea for a TV show, and it was getting so much more interesting and entertaining by the 2nd season, so out of every Disney Channel show that was cancelled, this one didn't deserve to be, it just happened randomly. JONAS changed it's concept entirely by its 2nd season, so that show was asking for its own cancellation, and Cory in the House well, was a spin-off, so no matter what direction it decided to go in, it was already doomed to be a short-lived series. Anyway, this show could've gone on for another season or 2, and it's obvious that they left a cliffhanger, because they left Curtis the caveman behind, so what would the Diffy's do, go back for him or would their time machine break down again, thus prolonging their time period of being stuck in the present? This show was too good to be cancelled, and I miss it a lot, it definitely has the same essence and humor of Even Stevens and Lizzie McGuire, and that's because the creators of this show were writers on Lizzie McGuire, so it makes sense. 10/10, MISS THIS SHOW SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lizzie McGuire (2001)
I was really hooked! I love and miss this show
Lizzie McGuire is 1 of those classic Disney Channel shows that I truly adore. I've started re- watching the episodes on Youtube again, and to this day, I still enjoy it, and the movie, which went to theaters, proved to be a really enjoyable film, as well as a perfect farewell to these characters. I love all the characters, and almost every episode, the 3 best friends, Lizzie, Gordo, and Miranda really care about each other, and they have an incredibly strong friendship, Lizzie's brother Matt is always doing something interesting and funny, whether it's getting in trouble with his parents, or some kind of fun or mischief with his silent best friend Lanny, who strangely enough, only Matt can understand, Ethan Craft may be a complete airhead, but he's a cool guy in general, and gives some good advice on rare occasions, Kate Sanders maybe a snobby, popular cheerleader, but it's clear that she has a good heart and can be kind to Lizzie and her friends when it counts, and Larry Tudgeman may be the geekiest kid around, but he's funny, smart, and on rare occasions, he shows that he can be cool and sophisticated.
Character development is a really strong point in the show, because throughout the show, the writers always seemed eager to develop each of the characters in one way or another. This ranges in a wide variety from building up on Matt and Lizzie's sibling relationship, Lizzie and Miranda's friendship, Gordo's personal struggles such as the initiation of becoming a man and having his own Bar Mitzvah, being possessed by that board game known as "Dwarf Lord", going over to High School due to his high level of intelligence, and his feelings for Lizzie, Miranda's diet due to her lack of confidence in regards to her body, (which was triggered by Gordo's comment of, "Oh man, you guys eat a lot"), Larry going out on a date with Lizzie, and being the only kid in the school not getting invited to Miranda's party, and even Lizzie's parents learn things about themselves, and eventually they become better parents in the process as the show went on. With the exception of Claire, none of the characters in this show are 1-dimensional.
The humor is funny and there's usually a good moral at the end of each episode, and there are even a few guest stars that I didn't know were in there such as Dot-Marie Jones, who currently plays Coach Beiste on Glee, I was surprised to see that she was on the show for 5 episodes. I miss this show, it too, just like Even Stevens, should've lasted for more than 3 seasons, because these characters' stories could've been taken so much further, had ABC chosen to pick up the spin-off idea of Lizzie and her friends in High School, that would've been really interesting to see. But, what's done is done, and I'm glad that I even got to experience Lizzie McGuire, which reminds me, when I really got into this show, it was already over and they were showing reruns, but the difference is that unlike Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire was shown constantly, so I was less likely to miss an opportunity to see that.
Now I already mentioned this in my Even Stevens review, but the one negative and frustrating thing about this show is the fact that Lizzie and her friends were in Middle School the whole time, and they should've been in High School, but here's the difference; in Lizzie Mcguire, it was a little bit more convincing in the long-run that they were in Middle School, but still, they should've had the characters in High School.
That's all I really have to say about Lizzie McGuire, it was an amazing, funny, and interesting show, I loved it a lot, the characters were so interesting that there wasn't a time where you became bored of them, and it truly was a classic Disney Channel show, I wish we had shows like this one again. 9/10!
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
A Surprising Treat for Spider-Man Fans Everywhere!
I've read the first page of reviews people wrote for this movie, and honestly, I think you're all overreacting and making a pre-conceived assumption about it! I went to see this movie during the summer, and I saw the 3D presentation of it. As much as I enjoyed Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, this movie turned out to give off a better impression.
Character and story development was the biggest improvement because we really got to know Peter Parker as a person very well, and we actually got to see how he ended up living with his aunt and uncle, as opposed to in the 2002 movie, where he's already living with them, and his parents are never mentioned, as if we're simply supposed to accept that he lives with them, his relationship with Uncle Ben is a lot stronger and we actually feel sorry for him when his uncle dies, which was rather hard to do in the original movie, his love interest, Gwen Stacey, is a lot smarter, stronger, and much more likable and interesting than Mary Jane Watson ever was, because she wasn't just some damsel in distress, and also in this film, when Peter develops his superpowers, he actually has a real reaction to them, instead of just quickly adjusting to them and acting like being genetically mutated is normal. For those who think Tobey Magure played Peter Parker/Spider-Man better than Andrew Garfield, you couldn't be more wrong, I personally liked Andrew Garfield's performance, and he wasn't better or worse than Tobey Maguire, it's just 2 different takes on the same character, that's all.
The one real downside to this film is the villain, the Lizard, and that's because even though he has a motivation, he's boring and doesn't come across as a menacing threat in any forceful way, but that's not a big enough flaw to really drag the movie down. I will say that even though he has a device for the web-slinging, I think the way he could do it naturally in the original trilogy was more exciting. Director Marc Webb did a great job of telling what is essentially the same story over again, but in a more complex and in-depth way, and the special effects were really top-notch. I can't wait for the sequel to this film, cause it truly deserves one.
All in all, The Amazing Spider-Man is one of the best superhero films I've ever seen, and it's really great for those who want to know and understand Peter's character better, as well as see a more accurate telling of his story. 9/10 in my book!
Tarzan & Jane (2002)
What Movie?!?!? This is Garbage!
I saw Tarzan and Jane way back when I was a little kid, but over the past 3-4 years or so, I really thought about the core story of this and what it boils down to is literally nothing! All that happens here is that Jane is trying to think of ways to celebrate her 1 year wedding anniversary with Tarzan, and she, Terk, and Tantor just reflect on memories that derive from the Tarzan TV series every time 1 of them suggests an idea, that's it! A direct to video sequel like that in my opinion, barely even qualifies as a movie, that's just an attempt at seeking a profit. How could Disney possibly think that this passes for a story worth telling? I hate this direct to video sequel from Disney and in all honesty, it has no real plot, and it's an insult to fans of the original Tarzan movie!
Even Stevens (2000)
I love this show, it's better and funnier than I remember!
Of all the Disney Channel Shows I grew up watching, Even Stevens is the one I have the least memories of, and that's because when I really started watching it, the show was already over and Disney Channel kept showing reruns, but here's my opinion; This show is funny, inventive, genius, the characters are so cool and entertaining, and each episode is always a real blast to watch! My favorite character is Louis Stevens and I never expected Shia Laboeuf to explode into superstardom the way he did, he's a great actor, my least favorite would have to be Ren because she's boring compared to everyone else on the show. I think this should've lasted for more than 3 seasons and had more than 65 episodes, but then again, that was Disney Channel's policy for each show at the time, and now that I'm watching it again on Youtube, so I can get to know the show better than I already do, I have a greater appreciation for it. The only real problem with this show is that the characters were in middle school the whole time, and yet they looked like high school kids, so in that aspect, the show would've been a bit more interesting with some more freedom for the characters to do what they did if we had gotten to experience their high school days, Lizzie McGuire frustrated me for the same reason. But besides that, this was 1 of the best Disney Channel shows ever to be released, and I love it, it's so much better than most of the current Disney Channel shows like Shake it Up, A.N.T. Farm, Jessie, My Baby Sitter's a Vampire, and Dog With a Blog. Oh what a classic this show was!
Let It Shine (2012)
A really different shift for Disney and a surprise on the hip-hop focus!
I saw the previews and promos for this movie and what really pushed me to watch it was the hip-hop sound and the fact that Tyler James Williams was apart of it, seeing as I loved him on "Everybody Hates Chris", and I told 1 of my best friends to see it and he did, but I didn't see it until tonight, pretty funny huh? Anyway, I thought this movie was well done and I found it to be incredible in story(though it was slightly predictable), the music was really sophisticated(especially coming from Walt Disney Records), the dialogue wasn't cheesy in the slightest bit, and overall it was awesome to watch. This is only the 2nd Disney channel movie where the cast was African-American and I was alright with it mainly because I've seen mostly white people on their shows(I'm not being racist it's true)so I'm glad they changed it up for this movie. I didn't like how Cyrus' father was critical towards hip-hop/rap and claiming it was considered "devil music" and that it was going against God, but his apology and turn to accept it made up for it and there were times where "Lord of Da Bling" would just mess with Cyrus and I was wishing he would just fight back and call him out with a freestyle but he didn't and that was really disappointing for me. Also Kris and Cyrus' fight I thought would've ruined their friendship for good, but I'm glad it didn't. The soundtrack was incredible and the songwriters were really good, my personal favorite songs were "Don't Run Away", "Guardian Angel" and "Moment of Truth". I expected this movie to be just OK, but it was awesome and really cool, so I give it a 9 out of 10 and it's one of the more mature and less childish and cheesy DCOMs and for the most part it didn't feel like a Disney channel movie at all. It has its flaws, just as every movie does, but those flaws weren't big enough to prevent me from enjoying it, but I don't think it was quite as good as Lemonade Mouth. This movie gets a 9/10 from me and it was great, but it clearly doesn't have sequel potential, however, these stars could easily go on tour and perform songs from the movie. Keep it up Disney!!!!!!!