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John Q (2002)
Eerily reminiscent of Platoon
I was troubled when I saw this movie. Deeply troubled. It is clear that the director did the exact same thing Oliver Stone did when the latter directed Platoon: dished out a load of propaganda thinly disguised as 'entertainment' in order to manipulate the public. Whereas Platoon was pro-communist, anti-American, anti-Western propaganda, John Q. was socialist propaganda, pure and simple. Everyone has a right to his opinion, but if a director wants to get his point across, he should say so right up front, rather than be sneaky about it and show it under the guise of 'entertainment.' Like Platoon, this film was very subtly but dangerously subversive, and thus completely horrifying.
Even Stevens (2000)
One of the funniest shows ever made
Even Stevens is one of my top 10 shows of all time. The characters are great. A lot of people don't like Beans, but I think he can be hilarious. The supporting cast is excellent, but the show belongs to Shia. He's a superb actor (everyone on the show is, in my opinion). The writing is witty, clever, and original, and some episodes literally have me laughing for over half an hour (and most shows are unable to elicit more than a chuckle from me). It's too bad there's a 65-episode limit, 'cause I'd definitely like to see some new episodes (although most of 'em I haven't seen). Anyway, if you have Disney Channel, give it a try. You'll probably enjoy it.
My favorite superhero film of all time
Although I think love the original Superman, I think it pales in comparison to this movie. I've been a die-hard Marvel fan all my life, and although I don't know much about X-Men or own many of their comics, I like the film a lot. The characters are colorful, the action is extremely cool, the acting is above average, the special effects are jaw-dropping, and the ending is sheer genius. If you like anything affiliated with Marvel, stop reading this stupid review and go see this movie.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Highly overrated, in my opinion
I know a lot of people out there are going to want to lynch me and hang me out to dry when they read this, but I thought the film totally sucked. With few exceptions (like Full Metal Jacket and Platoon), I've never seen such a sick and vile degradation of the military. Besides, the movie is fiction. The characters were fiction. So anybody who thinks the movie is 'realistic' or 'reality,' should have his head examined. Coppola was probably never there; what would he know? Like most Vietnam War films, it's propaganda, not history. Not as nauseating or slanted as Platoon, but bad enough. Also, the film's length is ungodly and is one of the most slowly-paced and mind-numbingly boring films ever made. If you're suffering severe insomnia, then see the film. Otherwise, don't. Please, please, don't.
My favorite thing about this movie is that it's one of only two movies that genuinely scared me (the other one being George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead). The pace is lightning-fast (except in a few parts), the characters are smartly written and have depth, the action has the viewer on the edge of his seat, and the horror and suspense are virtually unsurpassed in cinema. 10/10
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
One of Hollywood's most enduring masterpieces
This film is nothing short of perfection: it has heart-pounding adventure, nerve-wracking suspense, gut-busting humor, exhilerating action, wonderful characters, an excellent plot, sheer unpredictability, romance that isn't nauseating or cheesy, and a brilliant script. It's great fun for the whole family, holds up well to multiple viewings, and is one of my favorite movies. 10/10
Jurassic Park (1993)
This movie belongs in the IMDB top 250
This has always been my favorite film, ever since I was 8 or 9 years old. The special effects are, of course, among the best ever in any film. The script is intelligently written, the characters are colorful and interesting, the pace is ultra-fast, the music is phenomenal, the action is suspenseful and unpredictable, and the ending is, in my opinion, wicked cool. I don't see why garbage like Annie Hall and Platoon is in the top 250 but masterpieces like this aren't.
The Music Man (1962)
A hilarious movie, with spectacular songs, wonderful characters, a great plot, and phenomenal acting. If you like musicals and comedies, look no further. Harold Hill is one of my favorite movie characters of all time. Ron Howard (who directed The Grinch and Apollo 13) plays Winthrop. Also recommended: Singin' in the Rain.
West Side Story (1961)
A brilliant modernized version of 'Romeo and Juliet'
I know you all have better things to do than read my lame reviews, so I'll make this short and sweet. The plot is exceptional, the acting is remarkable, the music is some of the best of all time, the characters are very sympathetic, and can make you laugh uproariously at times and make you weep for them at others. The ending is dynamite, so I won't spoil it for anyone who may have missed this must-see film.
Casualties of War (1989)
The problem with this- and with all Vietnam War films- is that they're all too biased. Antiwar films overlook the fact that the vast majority of U.S. soldiers were heroes, while prowar films overlook the fact that a lot of the soldiers did indeed commit atrocities like the one in this movie. This film sucks. It's time for a movie that is neither prowar nor antiwar, nor liberal nor conservative, but COMPLETELY UNBIASED.