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Horse Feathers (1932)
One of the Funniest Movies of All Time
Hilarious! This film is truly one of the greatest comedies ever made. And, if ranking on a scale of satirical over-the-top comedies, this is definitely in the top 5. Save only Duck Soup, this is the best Marx Brothers film in terms of the laughs. It's not meant to be taken seriously so all you have to do while watching is release your mind from the real world and suspend your disbelief to its max.
I suppose I feel a special connection with this film, mostly because I watch it and think this is the exact same kind of film that me and my friends would make. I know that, had I lived in the 30's and been fortunate enough to be a Marx, I would have been right up there with them. This is the film that really brings you in and makes you form a special relationship with the Marxes. "Horse Feathers" makes you feel like you're part of the action and incredibly close to the characters as though you are right there in the scene with them.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Not Only The Best In The Series; Also One Of The Best In The Genre
Let me just tell you this: I love Spider-Man 2. Love it, love it, love it. I always have loved it, and undoubtedly always will. Now, let me tell you why I love it.
First of all, it starts off with the characters already developed and established. This means no time is wasted in explaining who the people are. The introduction of how Peter Parker became Spider-Man has already been told, which gives the film the ability to begin at an already-quickened pace, which it definitely takes advantage of. From the minute the narrative starts, you as a viewer are automatically hooked. This movie does not fail to get your attention... unless you have really bad ADHD.
Also added into this film that are missing in most superhero films: emotions. Tons and tons of emotions. Whether it be the ill-fated love between Peter and Mary Jane, the tense rivalry between Peter and Harry, or the saddened yet insightful words of Aunt May, this film gets right down into the hearts of the people who matter most. The movie doesn't overuse action or stunts; it uses them as a powerful compliment to the even more powerful storyline.
Another point that must be observed is the pure awesomeness of the villain. Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus is, in my mind, the quintessential comic book super-villain now ever since I've seen this film. His performance is spectacular and the character is just wonderful. I mean, once you catch just a glimpse of Doc Oc and his four mechanical legs, that picture will stay in the back of your mind for at least two months, give or take. He's also a superb character because he has such a powerful story and strong personality, which is clearly illustrated before he becomes Doc Oc. The reason why I love him so much as a villain is because he is human, and he's not completely evil at heart. It's a clear example of how good, intelligent people can be driven away and turned into something they're not, but then also deals with the importance of redemption.
I won't give away too much more, since the movie really is worth seeing. When viewed, in my mind, I can't find anything that a viewer would find wrong or out of place. It's a fun, light-hearted film with a strong message and deep emotional scenes. There's also great action and comedy throughout. The acting is terrific on everyone's part, from the lead role down to every little extra you find in an elevator or on an elevated train. Also, with a villain whom you can feel compassion for and a hero you can really connect with, this movie can be related to pretty much anyone's own life.
The bottom line is... if you've had troubles in your life, you'll be able to connect with it. If you've ever been unsure of who you are or what you're supposed to be doing, you'll be able to connect with it. And if you've ever given up a dream to do what's right, you'll be able to connect with it. And if you haven't experienced any of those things, good for you. Watch the film for the fun of it. It's one hell of a ride. :)
The Hunger Games (2012)
10 Reasons Why I Dislike The Hunger Games
1. Terrible camera-work. The first half hour looks like it was filmed by a bunch of five year old. Looks like crap. Is it really that hard to put the cameras on tripods or something? The way it seemed to me was that they, instead of planning out the shots, basically said, "Okay, go over there and film whatever you see, and we'll put it together somehow."
2. Character names are dumb. I understand that the source of the names come from a novel, which only includes the ideas of a single author, but still, the names suck. The way the characters are identified play a critical role in how you relate to them, and without catchy, flow-off-the-tongue, realistic names, the relation with the character and the audience is lost. Number 3 gives a more specific example of what I mean.
3. Supporting characters "Peeta" and "Cinna" just sound like "gangsta" versions of "Peter" and "Sinner." Again, terrible choices in name-giving. When giving fictional names, you can't make them sound like words already resemblant of the English language. For God's sake, if you can't think of good fictitious names, just give them familiar ones that everyone can appreciate.
4. The main character. I know looks aren't everything, but when I see a film which revolves around a central character, I'd at least like to be able to look at them without cringing. The character of Katniss was an immediate turn-off for me, and I couldn't help but criticize the performance in my mind throughout the entire film. The character just seemed dull, awkward, and painful to look at. Better casting could have been achieved in my opinion.
5. The 2nd main character. Josh Hutcherson looks like James Cagney. A gangster. He looks like a gangster. In fact, that is probably the only role I could see him in. Just something about him screams at me "The Public Enemy" and "The Roaring Twenties" (maybe because he looks like James Cagney). Anyway, I didn't like his performance much either.
6. The BEST character was killed off right away. Finally, a good actress in the film! And then she's dead. Utter disappointment. Just when I thought it was getting good they made me mad by just taking out my favorite cast member. And her death didn't even seem right. Personally, usually I like it when good, lovable supporting characters are killed off, because it gives a sense of necessary loss and adds to the depth and emotion of the film. However, in this movie, the character was hardly built-up at all, so the sympathy that should go to her is absent because the death occurs way too soon. They could have used her for so much more.
7. No recognizable themes, save one. The music is vitally important for a film. If not scored as to make an impact, the audience can easily forget. There is one theme that caught my attention, but it is drastically under-used. One scene. They used it in one scene. And not even real instruments played it. It was played through a whistle and birds chirping. Way to go, you created a good recognizable thing that people can take out of the theater and you give it two minutes of screen time.
8. No emotional build-up. The thing I was looking forward to most about this film was the high emotions involved with the price of sacrifice and the many children involved. However, the screenwriters apparently didn't think that was important, since the lives of only two of the tributes are even touched. I mean, these are children taken from their homes and about to die... and the film doesn't even SUGGEST any hint of feeling from any of the other tributes. The scene before the entrance into the arena, which had potential to be chill-delivering, was instead constituted with more shaky camera movement, and emotionless random shots of other stuff.
9. No back story. The story behind the film came across as intriguing to me, but it was hardly touched in the movie at all. The audience has no idea how important or unimportant the events leading up to the games are. Again, it had so much potential in this category, but they preferred to make the exposition consist of a half hour of shaky cameras.
10. Basic summary. Looked cheaply done. Low-budget I'd guess just by watching. No consideration for interesting shot or moving narrative. Had so much wasted potential.
However, there were some good things. It was entertaining, just not anywhere near what it could have been.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
I'd say this is probably the funniest movie of all time.
As far as comedy goes, this is the best! It honestly does not get better than Happy Gilmore. I don't think I've ever laughed as hard in a movie! Even after seeing it at least five times, it stay makes me laugh out loud!
A word of advice: This is a movie to watch with a group of people who also like to laugh. It will be a lot more enjoyable the more you laugh and the more you know other people think it's funny too. That being said, it's not the type of movie you'd want to watch if you're looking for some deep message. It's just a simple story about a new golfer with anger management issues who tries to win back his grandmother's house. But it is HILARIOUS.
To demonstrate the type of humor used throughout the film, imagine a quiet, peaceful golf course filled with proper people there to enjoy the sport. And then there's Happy. He comes to the course dressed like a bum, has no idea what he's doing, and treats the game as if no one were watching. For example, he frequently gets mad when the ball does not go in the hole. Once, in my favorite scene, he gets down on the ground next to the ball and says, "SON OF A B**** BALL, WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST GO TO YOUR HOME?! THAT'S YOUR HOME! ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?! ANSWER ME!" and then begins freaking out even more.
So, I guess, if you don't like that kind of humor, this movie's not for you. But if you think that it'd be funny to watch a psycho golf player on the course and dig an inspiring story of love and determination on the side, check this out. It's become a classic in my mind, and out of all the great comedies I've seen, none of them seem to compare with this one.
Adam Sandler, you are a genius.
It's a COMEDY
I'm extremely shocked at the reviews for this movie. I mean, I know most films like this will only get a 5 or 6 out of ten rating. But an average of 3.7? I don't think so!
I thought this movie was very good. It had something for everyone, that is, if everyone was willing to be a little more open-minded. Not all the humor was incredibly hilarious, but most of it was very much laughable. Especially the scene with the gorilla at TGI Friday's! One of the funniest scenes I've seen in modern movies.
And that wasn't the only funny part. This movie is loaded with good comedy! I don't know what everyone else is smoking, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It even throws in a twist in the plot with the main character actually getting the girl and then having to choose between her and another.
Also, I'm an animal lover so this film was just awesome for me. Talking animals are the best! In fact, yesterday a dog followed me home, and I was still thinking about this movie, so I tried talking to the dog just in case it talked back.
So, all in all, this is a great family movie and it should make you laugh. I'll put it this way, if you don't laugh at least once in this movie, you have no sense of humor. People with a sense of humor will be able to laugh at almost anything, and most definitely this movie.
So please, don't listen to all the bad reviews. Give this movie a shot and you'll probably enjoy it. Just understand, IT'S A COMEDY.
Water for Elephants (2011)
The best circus movie I've ever seen.
Well, maybe that's because it's the only circus movie I can think of off the top of my head. But nonetheless, a great film. It's the perfect length, the perfect amount of action, the perfect mix of drama and comic relief, and overall, it's got a good story.
Really well put together. For the type of movie it is, it's really quite impressive. I mean, obviously it's not the most exciting story in the world. It's a story of a troubled man who finds work and falls in love at the circus. But even with that limited plot, the filmmakers did an excellent job of bringing the movie to life and making you feel like you're part of the scene.
It's definitely near the top of my list as far as 2011 movies go, but I don't expect it to be much of a classic. I'm thinking it'll turn into one of those movies that time just blows over into obscurity, but if discovered by a new generation, they'd definitely enjoy it.
A fun-filled joy ride. Way better than people make it out to be.
This movie is way better than people say it is.
That is, if you're not expecting it to be a huge epic or a completely innovative work that'll keep you thinking. It's not meant to be that. It's a fun, good old adventure.
And it's in the spirit of the classic adventure film that Pirates 4 strives. The action isn't overdone, but there's just enough that it'll keep you alert. The conflict of the story also isn't overdone, which is a huge relief from the last two. I mean, don't get me wrong, I loved the last two installments. But after the incredibly complex story of Beckett and Davy Jones, it just feels right that it goes back to the basics.
Three ambitious parties all searching for the fountain of youth. Simple. Understandable. Adventurous. The perfect plot for the fourth installment.
Of course, however, the first viewing will most likely be A LITTLE disappointing. That's just because it's a sequel and I, for one, am always somewhat disappointed with a sequel the first time I see it. It's been that way with pretty much every big franchise I can think of. But then, once you get past that (which you will), you'll realize it fits quite nicely into the series and ought to be watched at least a second time or a third.
So, in conclusion, it's not that innovative epic or the high point in the series. What it is, is a fun movie filled with laughter, love, and the many other things that make movies great. Don't criticize it if it wasn't everything you expected. If it made you smile, then it's a good movie. Unless you just like to complain.
And don't forget, there will be two more installments added before the franchise is done, so don't be disappointed that it's not as epic as the last two. It's not supposed to be the high point in the series. But it is entertaining. I'd definitely rank it as one of the best movies of the year.
And, oh yeah, I forget to mention the best part. CAPTAIN JACK IS BACK! WOO! YEAH! JOHNNY DEPP ROCKS! GO JACK SPARROW! GO JACK SPARROW! JACK SPARROW!
By far the best film of 2010. Arguably one of the best of the century so far. Innovative and original.
To be honest, I'm kind of upset that this movie came out. The reason: I'm an aspiring filmmaker and have always wanted to make a movie about dreams. I used to say to myself, "Everyone will be so impressed because no one else has made a movie about dreams! I'll be the first!"
Well, then along came Chris Nolan. Now, the real reason I'm upset is not necessarily because he made a movie about dreams, but because he made it SO DANG EPIC.
So yeah, after seeing it for the first time, I was all like, "That dude stole my idea." But after awhile, I accepted the hard truth that being born in 1995 means most of the good ideas will be taken by the time I actually have the chance to make movies for myself. Once I had that issue settled, it all became clear to me. THIS MOVIE ROCKS.
I probably couldn't have done it better myself. It's got that thrilling feeling that just takes hold of you and doesn't let go. Even after the movie's over, it's still got you. If you have any intelligent, inquiring mind at all, you'll be up all night thinking about it. It's the kind of movie that keeps you thinking.
That being said, you actually have to think while watching it. Now, I know plenty of people who watch movies for the heck of it and just lay back and get spoon-fed everything they need to know. Not the case in this movie. If you don't pay attention, or if you block out the dialog and wait for the action, you'll be lost. Hopelessly lost. The movie will get over and you'll be all like, "That wuz a rele stoopid, randum, konfuoosing movee and it mayde my smaull brane hert."
I've watched movies like these with people like that, sadly.
Anyway, if you pay attention and use your mind while watching it, it is so worth it. And the great part is, it doesn't get old after the second, third, or fourth time! There's always something new you can pick up when watching it again. It's definitely not one of those movies you just watch once and say, "Well, that was nice." It's one of those movies that'll be a defining classic of our generation and one that will continue to impact the world for generations to come. Congrats Chris Nolan, on taking the dream I had and making it your own fabulous reality. I'll do better anyway. Haha.
So, if you haven't seen it yet, get your butt to the nearest rental store (please don't be lazy by getting it off your TV), and watch Inception! A movie lover will not be disappointed.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Split in two over this one... pretty good spy film... yet it almost put me to sleep...
I really lean both ways when it comes to this one. One part of me says, "Wow, this is a great movie with a cool plot!" and the other side says, "I'd rather be sleeping in my bed than sleeping through this movie."
First, the good: It's realistic. It's got cool locations and the action is 100% real (as in no CGI).
Then, the not so good: There's really not too much dialogue, and consequently not too much sympathy or empathy that goes to the characters. I have about the same amount of sympathy for a pedestrian on the street as I do for Jason Bourne in this movie. And instead of adding more dialogue or character development, they fill the movie with long, unnecessary shots of the locations and scenery. They show the characters doing pointless busy work all the time that really doesn't need to be shown on film! Probably because they couldn't think of anything else to fill the gaps!
And plus, it could've been over in a half hour. It's a simple story. And they kept it simple. And by doing so, they made it very boring. I'd say this is, without a doubt, the slowest action movie I've ever seen. But the ending DOES make you want to come back and see the sequels.
So, there you have it. My final advice is, if you haven't seen it, see it. It'll be a classic in the world of action movies someday... it's just a little slow. Don't watch it with high expectations, though. Like I said, it's slow. Should be called "The Bored Identity."
Worst film of the year...
Well, I went into the theater with low expectations. Even then, this film disappointed me beyond belief. It was even worse than the previous two. Wait, maybe that was because it was almost exactly the same as the previous two.
Now, if you're someone who goes to a movie and looks for nothing but action, I have four words for you: GO SEE THIS MOVIE. You'll love it. The whole thing is action, and I must admit the action is top-notch.
However, if you're someone who actually appreciates the art of cinema, and looks for emotions and good plot line when watching a picture, you will probably agree that Transformers 3 sucks. That's because there is no emotional buildup, no climax, no real characters, no meaning, and overall no point. It's robots fighting. That's it.
Firstly, the characters, which are arguably the most important factor of a movie, are not developed AT ALL. I guess you could say that they developed them in the first two, and so we're already supposed to know who they are. Well, we do know who they are, but that's about it. Many of the characters have about ten lines of dialogue throughout the whole thing, or so it seems. This means that whenever something really "climatic" happens, no one cares anyway since we barely know the characters. Frankly, I didn't even care if a main character was about to die, because the film didn't touch on the character's personalities at all. Instead, the whole thing is constant action with a FEW dialogue scenes, which are pretty pathetic as well.
Secondly, if you find pointless action boring, you will bored the hell out of this movie. The final battle in Chicago takes, I'd say, a good 45 minutes. The first 15 were actually really entertaining. If it would've stopped there, I actually would've given the movie a better rating. But no... it drags on for several eternities. Each time you think it's going to end, they trick you and add in another obstacle and another cheesy, slow motion thing that's supposed to be climactic and emotional. Well, like I said, no one cares anyway because everyone's going, "Who is this guy again?"
The bottom line is, this movie sucks. If you want a good, modern action series with an equal amount of good story, I would suggest the Pirates of the Caribbean or the Batman movies. Also check out Source Code and Inception, two of the most innovative movies that have come out for awhile.