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The Hangover Part II (2011)
same formula but still very funny
there's not much to say about it here. it is the same formula here as the first yet it still feels fresh and funny to me. i laughed just as much as the first one and felt satisfied at the end. cooper held the movie as the straight men as helms was very funny as the wild party man stu and zach g was still funny as alan and still got the most laughs. if you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy this as well. if not, than don't bother. its worth the admission price for a night out at the movies. the best part again to me is the pics at the end, only i believe this time they were funnier, but definitely stay through to see them. ken jeong has more screen time in this one but i thought he was far more annoying in the first than here so its not much of a distraction. mike tyson does make another appearance as well and that scene was also very funny. so, like i said, i would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the first one and not to anyone who didn't.
A waste of time
This is not in any way, shape, or form, a good film. It is your typical run of the mill story only played much worse than normal. I guess it's nice that they got a few real poker players in this, but that's all that is worth mentioning. It's already been said, but Shannon Elizabeth is in it for about 5 minutes and then they just do away with her character completely. Burt Reynolds is grabbing another paycheck and the main character is not at all convincing. If he is supposed to be that good, how come everyone knew what he had at the end. This movie is just weak, i wouldn't waste your time. Go ahead and rent Rounders or even Lucky You if you want a better poker film.
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
There are very few romantic comedies that can enter that clichéd world and come out unscathed, but this film somehow holds its head above the rest by giving you something most of these don't, a true sense of reality. The story is simple, a daughter wants her father to tell her how he met her mother, but he chooses a different approach. Instead, he gives her three different scenarios for her to figure which one is her real mother. The chemistry through the film with all the characters is very genuine and that truly helps the film gel. Ryan Reynolds was wonderful and tries to stay away from the stereotypical one liner spewing lead. Rachel Weisz, Isla Fisher, and Elizabeth Banks are also terrific as the women in his life. Also set around a real life situation which adds to the believability. The movie isn't flawless but it is a step above any other romantic comedy in the past few years. It's not overly sappy and has a satisfying and real conclusion. It is a date movie but I don't think the guys will be to terribly offended by what they are shown. I didn't believe that I would enjoy it as much as I did, but it really surprised me, and I am glad I decided to give it a shot, and I think you should to.
Strange Wilderness (2008)
You already know
Watching the preview for this movie, you already know whether you want to see it or if you will like it. In the same league as Grandma's Boy, this movie aims to appeal to that crowd. I personally really didn't like Grandma's Boy, but I found this one to be amusing. There is nothing new here, just some pretty ridiculous laughs if you are completely willing to let yourself be amused. I think with as good of a cast as they have here, they could have done better. Steve Zahn gets the most camera time and sometimes makes the most of it and sometimes falls flat. Allen Covert was his sound guy and not really used to great lengths as well as the rest of them. Kevin Heffernan was way underused, and the lines he got weren't that great. Jonah Hill almost suffered the same fate, but if you do enjoy his brand of humor, he has some good moments. The big surprise for me was Justin Long, who just keeps getting better in my opinion and who had me rollin as a goofball stoner. If you do plan on seeing it, I will warn you that it is absolutely ridiculous and if you can't enjoy this kind of humor, steer clear of it. It slows down toward the end, but at about an hour and 17 minutes complete running time, you should be able to handle it.
In a film like this one was promoted, the most desired effect would be some sort of tension, caring, or drama. The fact is, you are never given enough on any of the characters to really care. I honestly don't remember having ever been this bored through the first hour of a movie in a long time. It was more like a lame version of a crime show than anything. I remember when Live Free or Die Hard came out and I read a review stating how you cant make people typing on a computer that interesting. Well, that statement plays much better with this film. It was not interesting to me nor anyone in the theater the way it seemed. There isn't much mystery to the proceedings either, revealing the killer less than half way through without any twists or turns. Diane Lane has never seemed this bored to me either, now that I think about it. The few deaths that are scene are kind of brutal, but in the world of Saw and Hostel, they were pretty tame looking. The killer was terribly uninteresting. Nothing here plays for surprise. It is formulaic and predictable from start to finish, and you're not even wondering who will live or die, cause it's pretty spelled out for you. The best scenes are in the previews, and the only reason I gave it a 3 was it got a little better towards the end. It's not the worst movie you will ever see, but you won't remember it the next day either.
Very Good and Thankfully not too Long.
The reason I say thankfully not too long is that the hand-held cam is so headache inducing that it almost isn't worth having. But, without it the movie would lose what makes it so cool. Looking at the visuals like this really made it seem like it all was being destroyed. The best scenes are seen in the previews but they really are amazing to behold. It makes it all the more terrifying that it's happening in New York and it seems like another terrorist attack at first. The chaos is very cool when it is about, the running around, while necessary, very hard to keep watching. The monster is what it is. It's pretty cool I guess, but you really never get a great enough look to tell. To me it looked kinda like a oceanic praying mantis. There are some really well done intense scenes and pretty serious shocks. I really enjoyed the film and do recommend it. However, if the shaky hand-held cam makes you sick, you might want to avoid this one.
Hitchcock lite, but not bad
It's a shame that this movie has gotten very little publicity and probably will tank at the box office, because if you go into this with an open mind and not trying to figure out every little twist and turn, you,ve got yourself a very nice little thriller on your hands. The cast ill admit are not all top notch in the acting field, but believe it or not, work rather well. Terrence Howard is always good, Jessica Alba actually turns in a very decent performance, and Hayden Christensen is Annakin Skywalker as a billionaire. The movie is short and yet still does a pretty good job developing the characters. There are several twists and turns in this film; some easy to see coming, others surprising, and some not necessary. But you should appreciate the attempt whether or not you saw it coming. The story goes that Hayden is a billionaire who buys and sells companies and also continues to assure people work in the city. He has a heart attack at a young age so must be placed on the list for a donor heart. His father died when he was young and he now takes care of his mother who does not want to let him go. He has been dating Alba for a year and still has not told his mother for fear she will not approve. Skip some things to not give away too much plot details and they find him a donor heart. Once in surgery, they put him under for the transplant yet he can hear everything and feel everything that is happening to him while the surgery is going on. That is all I can give away. Please check this out if you can, it is a good thriller and deserves a look. Im sure some will be disappointed, but most should go into this and come out with a smile on their face.
It's what I had hoped for
Ill keep this short. I wanted to see this the second I had seen the previews and finally got my chance tonight. Is it perfect? No. But really, what is today? What this movie is is a visual feast, completely illuminating your senses around every turn. It is just an awesome display of animation and effects that you won't really notice much else. The battles are breathtaking. I saw in digital 3D and I bet that if I hadn't, my vote would have been lower. The story itself you probably have read. It's basically a three part poem and that's basically what the movie is as well. The performances here were fine for this story. My only beef is that they obviously had to add their own dialogue and ideas to make this into a film, I just kinda wished they delved more into his story. He is an awesome character, there is just so much skipped that I wish I knew more about the man. Anyway, see this in 3D with some friends and you should have a great time.
30 Days of Night (2007)
I will keep this fairly simple
There are few things that really stand out in this movie that I would consider a revamp (no pun intended) of the vampire horror film. However, this film would absolutely be a run of the mill horror vampire flick if not for a few contributing factors. First and foremost, the direction and cinematography were superb. It was very well shot. The Alaska backdrop just looks great on film and I commend David Slade for the atmosphere he brought into this film. Second, the acting was much better than most of these types of films. The vampires are brutal and played brutal. Josh Hartnett, in my opinion, played his part to perfection. Melissa George was great, as well as the rest of the cast. No one really hit a sour note with me. The gore in this film is awesome. I'm guessing that due to the dark setting of the film, the cgi wasn't blatantly obvious. There were some really great death scenes that are worth the price of admission. The bad is what most people have been saying. They go to quickly through the days and you would kinda like to know how they survived those days not shown. The experience isn't really much new and I definitely could have done without the vampires shrieking all the time. The ending will divide people, but im guessing that most will lean to the side of dislike. Overall a pretty good film. Id say it's worth a look.
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Im not sure what video gamers were expecting when this series was turned into film. Just like books, comic books, and whatever else, the source material will more often than not be different from the film. However, that is not always a bad thing. Take Jurassic Park for instance. The movie was phenomenal, but nothing like the book. Anyways, the reason i'm saying this is because I myself have played the games and have enjoyed the movies quite a bit. Sure, there not masterpieces by any means, but I think they are time well spent to escape reality for a couple of hours. I think Milla plays a great heroine in distress and a serious badas s. The character development in this is non existent. You get a little speech to bring you up to speed, but if you haven't seen these before, you will be lost in the film. (A friend that I had brought asked me how Claire Redfield knew how to fly a helicopter.) But you're not in this movie for the character development. You want to see zombies die and Milla kick butt, and that is what this film delivers. There are some great scenes here and some pretty fun kills, not a whole lot that you haven't seen before, but still entertaining. The movie goes pretty quick and has some very nice things to add. Alice's telekinesis was very cool to watch, and I can see why she didn't get to use it a lot. A lot of the special effects were much better here than they were in previous films, and that was a definite plus. The bad is that it ends for another to be made, and this is supposed to be the last. A lot of main players lose their lives, and that's fine, cause the movie doesn't give you time to care for them. Nope, the main focus here is Milla and she delivers the goods. Good fights, good kills, not much logic, pretty decent special effects, and the greatest pot smoking scene in history make this worth seeing in my opinion. If you liked the first two, you should enjoy this just the same. Personally, I don't think any of them have been too bad.
P.s. why did they keep airbrushing Milla's face, she is entirely too beautiful for that.