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This show serves it's purpose, with grace!
Now this show is not without problems. I'll be the first to admit it. It's very basic premise and sometimes convenient plot turns are not lost on me. Two monster hunting brothers travel cross country and extinguish a different monster each week. Not too much on the original side, I know. However, I can't help but watch this show every week with a fondness for my old junior high days. For those who don't know I was a huge sci-if/horror geek in my younger years and I loved reading about "The Crazy Hook Man who kills Teenagers" or "The Ghost of the Lady in White". I ate those stories up, and apparently so did the show's creator. This show takes me back to the years before I learned what character arcs, and plot contrivances were. It strips that all away and just lets me enjoy what it was like to hear ghost stories. What it was like to get chills down my spine every time I rode down a dark road at night expecting an apparition in white to appear. What it was like to come so close to saying "Bloody Mary" to the mirror and then passing out. There is a likability to this show that can't be ignored, and there's even some great moments with the two main characters Sam and Dean (played quite well by Padalecki and Ackles) but it is that nostalgic feeling above all that brings me back each week.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Greatest Film Sine "Shawshank"
I myself am currently a film school student so to measure the quality of a film is much more complicated considering the things we learn to take into account. (Which characters have arcs, who's the mentor, who's the weight-and-mass character, where and when is the second act turning point, etc.) In the 22 years I have been in existence there was until recently only one utterly flawless film in existences and that was "The Shawshank Redemption".
But now this gem of a film must serve alongside the blatant brilliance of "Million Dollar Baby". Unlike most film enthusiasts I did not have the highest expectations of this film seeing as how I was not that big a fan of "Mystic River" so when my buddy convinced me to go I was skeptical. Fifteen minutes in I knew if the film just kept it bearings the result would be metaphorically orgasmic. Everyone from Morgan Freeman to Hilary Swank and Jay Baruchel played the emotionally draining script to a pristine glimmer.
This film is undoubtedly the best film of the year and one of the best I've seen in my entire life. (And I've seen than most.) The acting, directing, script, and plot are all top notch.
Igive this film 15 out of 10!!!!
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Good Movie. Weird Sequel
The Chronicles of Riddick is one those films that as a lifelong movie buff I very much enjoyed but at the same time can see why my kindred brethren hated it. Personally I consider Pitch Black to be one the best sci-fi pictures in recent memory and very much looked forward to viewing this film.
Although I very much liked the film it did not paint the same world as seen in Pitch Black. One of the overwhelmingly great qualities of PB was the fact that although it was futuristic, although it did have fancy gadgets and magnificently fantastical creatures it was still very much human and personal. You related to and understood each of the characters, and more importantly they were all flawed. They all and their internal demons to fight as well as the external ones. Whereas TCoR is a broad sub-plot driven action extravaganza with sometimes unbelievable fantastical characters. The story is intriguing and the characters well drawn out but I honestly think had you changed Vin's name to James or Bob it could've been a completely different film. It seems a lot like the director had this completely separate idea for a sci-fi franchise and crammed every aspect of it into the vaguely familiar world of Pitch Black and renamed his main character Riddick to please the execs. All in all though I did like the movie and would even more like to see the story flourish more into a successful franchise.
Man on Fire (2004)
I just saw this movie on opening night and it literally felt like a swift kick to my male genitals. The subtext and dramatic flow were timed in such an even fashion that it made me flashback to the hard hitting dramas of the past that felt more like a roller coaster of human emotions rather than entertainment. Denzel and Fanning played their roles to a high mirror shine, and the contradiction of "the good guy has to do good things" was thankfully shattered as Washington's John Creasy tore through worthless kingpins and corrupt cops like a lawnmower through dry grass. Walken also, although is part is minute had some of the best lines from the film as well as Rhada Mitchell's dead on portrayal as Fanning's loving mother was simply haunting and resonant. Creasy's character flaws are inevitably what makes him a flawless character.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Remakes can be good. Who'd of thought?
One enamole that has seemed to escape the foray of modern cinema is the fact that someone could take an already magnificently executed plot and put the just right spin on it as not to come off as redundant. You'd think with all the talented directors in Hollywood this would've happened by shear hit and miss before 2004. But nonetheless, the art of film remaking takes a well-waited turn for the best in "Dawn of the Dead". No doubt inferior than the original, (Just saying otherwise would have me condemend to the fiery depths of Movie hell with the likes of "Fast and the Furious", and "Freddy Got Fingered".) this film does stack up well next to Romero's ingenius 1978 opus of the same name. It rivals it if you will. This in my opinion is mainly in part of the fact that it's more or less it's own stand alone movie. Save for the occasional exception or in-joke. I mean when Ken Foree made his cameo and repeated his famous line from the original I literally jumped in my seat and almost wet myself. The people around me stared at me and presumaby made mental retardation jokes at me later thus destroying my faith in the movie going public but that's neither here nor there. Anyway the bottom line is with a great remake like this finally gracing our presence the catch-22 of the whole ordeal is this will simply inspire more Hollywood remakes. I find "Based on a screenplay..." to be one of those long lost credits becoming trendy again. Well it could be worse. They could remake "Walking Tall" (Hah, ha, Well I gues I walked into that one)