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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Clint keeps getting better and better
This is not another "Rocky" or "Karate Kid" feel-good story. Forget about how you think you feel about "boxing movies" and go see this one anyway. See it before you hear too much discussion about it (don't ruin the experience of finding out for yourself how the story goes), and see it with someone, for you'll be dying to discuss it afterward. It's not quite as "sappy" (in a good way) or outwardly romantic as Eastwood's "Bridges of Madison County" (which I also loved), but you'll leave the theater with the same feeling--tearful but inspired--and it will hover around you for days. I echo star Hilary Swank's comments during her Golden Globe win and say that Clint Eastwood gives the performance of his career, as well as perhaps his finest directing feat. One of the most absolutely beautiful, inspiring movies you'll ever see.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The one that started it all!
"Fast and The Furious" is one of those kinds of movies that polarizes people into two groups: those who loved it, and those who hated it. I happen to be one of the ones who loved it, I unlike many other reviewers, thought the dialog was written fine, Vin diesel is a good actor, and that a large amount of this movie's appeal is in how the car scenes are shot.
In a lot of movies, when they try to throw cars into the mix, you get bored, the shots are too centered, it gets boring, every time they race the cars here, the screen shakes and gives me (and anybody else who loved this movie) an awesome rush. All in all, don't believe what ANYBODY tells you about this movie, it's really the sort of thing that you need to see for yourself to know if you love it or hate it. See it for yourself and make YOUR OWN opinion.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Amazing Sci-Fi Thrilla!
When I saw the billing for "The Butterfly Effect" the first thought that crossed my mind was "Oh great, Ashton Kutcher is doing a Sci Fi/Thriller this is going to be a joke". My first impression was totally off base. This film is, in my humble opinion, Ashton Kutcher's best performance and was complemented by a very dynamic performance by Amy Smart as Kayleigh Miller. Elden Henson had some strong moments as a disturbed Lenny Treborn and Ethan Suplee was off the wall as Thumper. But the acting was just the icing on the cake.
Eric Bress and J.Mackey Gruber have created their best work to date in this movie. It was a surprisingly good psychological, Sci Fi thriller with an added dramatic element. Their slant on the "highly treaded on" time travel theme was unique and refreshing. I liked that they used a psychological means to transport a person consciousness back in time instead of the physical means of a time machine. That allowed them to focus on an individual's history instead of a "universal" timeline, which fueled the dramatic paradoxical realities of tampering with ones history.
I am sure that everyone has thought about changing an event in their past to correct a mistake or to prevent a tragedy. This movie masterfully brings the realities of that to the screen. Throw in some psychological twists, some twisted characters, and the dramatic consequences of a love interest lost in the tampering of ones history; you have "The Butterfly Effect". I gave it 10/10 because it was a surprisingly well done film.