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10,000 BC (2008)
It's stupid ... it's just so stupid, 22 February 2014
5/10

D'Leh (Steven Strait) is a member of a prehistoric hunter-gatherer tribe called the Yagahl. On a big hunt, he accidentally kills a big mammoth. As a reward, he claims Evolet (Camilla Belle). Later they are attacked by mounted warriors, and many of their tribe are captured. D'Leh, Tic'Tic (Cliff Curtis), Ka'Ren (Mo Zinal), and Baku (Nathanael Baring) go off to get their people back.

The biggest problem is that this movie is stupid. Director/writer Roland Emmerich has thrown out any science or logic. If you don't care, some of the action can be fun. Or else you could have a good laugh. And the pyramid at end has a lot of action. However the movie slows down too many times. I don't know where the United Nations comes from. It's not a good movie no matter how you look at it.

Standard fare lost in summer replacement shuffle, 19 August 2013
6/10

This got canceled real quick. They only got out 6 episodes. It's a standard Poor Little Single Girl sitcom crossed with Friends variation. The show is led by Sophie Winkleman and David Walton. They're very solid as their characters. Christopher Moynihan is a little too whiny but that's expected. Collette Wolfe is funny. Smith Cho and Michael Benjamin Washington added the ethnicity.

The title of the show points to the premise where Sophie Winkleman is challenged to answer 100 question, and each answer leads to each episode. As a summer replacement, there's nothing wrong with the show. But it never caught on. Realistically, it couldn't really last anyways.

Arrested Development lite, 19 August 2013
7/10

This is a quirky comedy about an inept owner of a local independent grocer and his band of wacky employees.

The owner is played by John Lehr. Other stand outs include Bob Clendenin and Jennifer Elise Cox. Jennifer plays the evil manager of the chain grocery store next door. Sadly she was just a part time player and never made it to the 3rd seasons.

The show is written in the same vain as Arrested Development. The characters are over the top. They bicker. They fight. But at the end of the day, they come together as a team. However the show isn't quite as well written. The jokes don't come as fast and tight. And they don't always work. But Arrested Development B-Team is still worth a watch.

10 Years (2011)
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Good Actors, Too many Characters, 10 September 2013
7/10

Director/writer Jamie Linden gives us a big ensemble cast on their 10 year high school reunion.

Jake (Channing Tatum) was the prom king. He is with his girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum). But he encounters his old girlfriend Mary (Rosario Dawson) and they have issues to resolve.

Cully (Chris Pratt) was a douche bully. He is still only a few drinks away from the same douche even though he is a married to his cheerleader girlfriend Sam (Ari Graynor) and a father.

Marty (Justin Long) and A.J. (Max Minghella) are still trying to up one another, and they go head over heals for class hottie Anna (Lynn Collins).

Reeves (Oscar Isaac) was a band geek, but is now a star with a hit song. He finally has a chance with his crush, the class ghost Elise (Kate Mara).

Yeah, that's a lot of good actors and way too many characters. And that's not really all of them. Somebody needs to trim down the number of lead characters. The Big Chill had 8 leads, and that is probably the limit. This one had either 11 or 12 depending on how you count.

The stories are fairly standard. It's got that profound idealism that you'd expect. Everybody has something big to do. If they lose 1 storyline, the rest could be expanded and have a little air to breathe. It's still a good watch.

11:14 (2003)
wish it was funnier, 2 November 2013
7/10

Jack (Henry Thomas) is a habitual drunk driver and some people drop a body off an overpass onto his car. He's scared and shove it into his trunk. This is the first of several interconnected stories from that night taking place at 11:14.

There are some great actors in this little movie. It's a black comedy with a disturbed sense of humor. Most of it don't work at all. Some of it is head scratching. A few actually illicit a smile. Director/Writer Greg Marcks has woven together a lot of white trash chaos. It mostly doesn't work but I wanted it to work better so badly. It has this slow energy that can't get the movie up to full speed.

12 Hours to Live (2006) (TV)
Bland unoriginal Lifetime TV-movie, 20 February 2014
4/10

John Carl Lowman (Kevin Durand) is a killer on the run. He has committed six bank robberies and killed a federal agent. He carjacks a car in the woods and takes diabetic teenager Amy Kennedy (Brittney Wilson) as his hostage. FBI Agent Megan Saunders (Ione Skye) takes on the case to hunt down Lowman who killed her partner. She finds that Amy needs an insulin injection in less than 12 hours or else she'll die.

The premise is a bland Lifetime movie retread. I like Kevin Durand. He plays a good psychopath. Ione Skye is an acceptable FBI agent, but she doesn't have the powerful presence needed to lead. The girl Brittney Wilson has limited acting skills. The writing lacks pace and intensity. The style and direction is strictly TV-movie level. There isn't really anything to recommend here.

12 Rounds (2009)
Ridiculous Derivative Repetitive, 10 January 2014
4/10

Danny Fisher (John Cena) is a New Orleans beat cop who arrested master criminal Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen). In the process, he kills the love of Miles' life, and Miles vows revenge. One year later, Miles escapes from prison, and kidnaps Danny's girl Molly (Ashley Scott). To get her back, Danny must follow Miles' instructions in a game of 12 rounds.

It's a very derivative movie reminiscent of 'Die Hard: With a Vengeance'. John Cena seems like a perfectly reasonable cop character. He has reasonable charisma but he has a limited acting range. He can't add the much needed comic relief like Bruce Willis.

Also there is just too much ridiculousness. The tests are ridiculous. The FBI agent played by Steve Harris is ridiculous. The problem is that the rounds get very repetitive with action splashed in every once in awhile.

Is it a good movie? No, but I've seen much worst. The action kept me interested for about half of the movie. It's just too repetitive and one dimensional. There's a bit of fun action. If that's all you're looking for, this movie certainly has it.

Inoffensive rom-com, 13 October 2013
6/10

Jenna Rink wants to be in the cool school group Six Chicks. On her 13th birthday party, Jenna is humiliated by the cool girls and wishes to get to when she's 30. The wish comes true and she time-travels to when she's 30. She's a big time magazine editor, her best friend is Lucy (Judy Greer), and a NY Ranger boyfriend.

Of course the dream job is a magazine editor. It's a silly cute little rom-com. The first 15 minutes with Jenna as a kid was quite compelling. Jennifer Garner really plays dumb as the superficial 13 year old. It's harmless fun, but then it turns into this girl competition in the big world. The tone is a little too harsh with the backstabbing friend. The rom-com doesn't come off well since he already has a nice girlfriend. It's just not well thought out as a fairy tale.

Garner keeps her childlike tone. It helps that she has the biggest laugh. But she can't really elevate this movie much further than a watchable rom-com.

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Ridley brings the vision, but Depardieu brings the accent, 4 November 2013
5/10

Christopher Columbus (Gérard Depardieu) as an idealist, visionary, and ultimately a tragic figure, that's the idea behind director Ridley Scott's version. He takes Columbus from when the Muslims are conquered in Spain to when the natives are being conquered.

It's a grand vision. The places are big and well shot. Ridley Scott has the skills to shoot this. I can only recommend this for its beautiful grandeur.

While Armand Assante is interesting as Sanchez, Signourney Weaver just isn't regal enough in the role of Queen Isabella I. I would hope that she bring something more substantial to the role. But the worst has to be Gérard Depardieu himself. His accent really drains any drama from the movie. Most of the time, I would be lucky to just understand what he's saying. But the flat tone really prevents him from projecting a wider range of emotions. It really takes the tension out of the movie.

There are some memorable moments in the movie. The most fascinating is meeting the natives. However it's mostly due to the look rather than anything inspired. The new world scenes are worth checking this movie out.

16 Blocks (2006)
Surprisingly tense thriller, 1 February 2014
7/10

Det. Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) is an old tired apathetic drunk. It's been a long night shift, and he's about to go home. He's roped in to bring witness Eddie (Mos Def) from jail to the courthouse to testify. It's a distance of 16 blocks. Then people start trying to kill Eddie including Jack's former partner Det. Frank Nugent (David Morse).

This is a surprisingly tense thriller from director Richard Donner. Bruce is playing an older drunk John McClane. Mos Def is pretty fun as jittery talking machine. David Morse has great intensity. The cat and mouse game is very compelling. And the chemistry between Jack and Eddie develops very nicely. This is a great tense thriller. The ending is a bit unnecessarily messy. A simpler finish would be much better.


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