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Jersey Girl (2004)
Ignore the backlash, it's not actually that bad
Since it's been 7 years since the film came out, I thought I would give Jersey Girl a chance because I'd never actually seen it. I was pleasantly surprised.
By far, it's not an original plot, a father struggles with parenthood and his life completely changing over night. That being said, however, the characters are likable and it's full of warmth.
Ben Affleck brings a good performance and some very emotional scenes, Liv Tyler's character could have been fleshed out a little more, George Carlin is wonderfully grumpy, wise and loving throughout.
I think the film suffered greatly at it's time of release due to the whole Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez break up and the executive meddling which caused Gigi to be such a huge flop.
At it's heart, Jersey Girl, is a heart warming, comedy-drama, with a good cast, it falls into clichés at times, but it's very enjoyable. If you haven't seen it and the genre is something you might typically enjoy, then give it a try.
Amores perros (2000)
Amores Perros: Both good and wretched
Amores Perros is a film which I did not enjoy, it's not a bad film but it's just not enjoyable.
Three stories are connected by both one event and the use of dogs. The actors are quite good, the film is shot well but it drags, especially in the middle portion of the film which is unfortunate as the characters from the middle story are the most likable.
The violent backdrop of dogfighting is extremely hard to watch for dog and animal lovers, some of the scenes are just too close to the bone. In my opinion I think that it departed from drama and art and crossed the line into senseless and horrific violence.
The actual mixing of the stories was very jarred which seemed to weaken the film and there seemed to be too many plot points unresolved by the end of the film.
I scored the film 5 out of 10, due to it's problems with pacing, plot and un-likable characters. I wouldn't recommend this film to any animal lovers but those who liked the film 'Crash' might enjoy it.
A classic Scooby Doo Movie
Personally speaking I love Ghoul School, it's not as good as Reluctant Werewolf or Boo Brothers (my personal favourite) but I enjoy it a lot more than Scooby Doo goes Hollywood. I used to watch it all the time when I was a kid I only stopped watching it so I could prevent the video from completely wearing out.
I'm not really a fan of the newer movies like witches ghost or zombie island, it's not that I think their bad I just prefer the cell animation that I watched when I was growing up.
Any kid who loves Scooby Doo will probably enjoy watching this film, there are some cheesy puns in it but I don't think that will bother them.
A little dated but still has charm
I hate getting a film you loved as a child and watching it as an adult only to find it's completely lost it's magic over time. Having pushed all my videos to the back of a dark cupboard, I hadn't actually watched the film in years until I bought it last week on DVD.
Ferngully has it's problems, some of the songs were written with the days music heavily in the forefront so they haven't really stood the test of time. The overall message of taking care of the environment will seem heavy handed to an adult, although I remember feeling inspired by it as a child.
That aside I cannot vault the voice acting, Tim Curry, Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, they all deliver great performances. The animation is terrific and looks very much like Disney movies of the time. The stories hero's are compelling to watch, you really do care about what happens to them as it progresses to the climax, all this is woven together with touching little moments in the animation and a clever and funny set of supporting characters.
Will children today enjoy it? I'd say let them watch it, everyone has their own tastes and preferences and it's no different with children. They'll either like it or they won't.
I'm not sure if an adult who missed it as a child will enjoy it, again I think it depends on the person, but if this was a part of your childhood, it might be worth seeing it again I think it still definitely has a place in my heart.
The Devil's Chair (2007)
Don't take it too seriously, isn't the worst film ever made but it's no classic either
I only bought this film because it was on sale for £3, I didn't expect much from it but strangely I enjoyed it. That's not to say I thought it was a good movie, to be honest I thought it was a pretty bad movie but I still got a kick from watching it.
I think as long as you don't expect a brilliant plot, you can enjoy this film. There's a couple of overblown gore scenes but it kinda feels like a cheap 80's horror film which, if you're a fan of those, is nicely nostalgic.
Because they haven't over thought the plot in an attempt to seem clever, you can tell what's going to happen from about five minutes in, but the acting in the film is surprisingly decent & the effects are pretty good to boot. I liked it a whole lot more than the likes of 'Shrooms' but then this film was never going to be as good as 'Severance'. Although if you consider they only had 2 weeks to prepare this film, with only 3 days to write the script, then they did a great job.
I'll be interested in seeing the other films these guys have made to see if they can do any better.
The Bank Job (2008)
Slow start, but gets much better
My dad kinda shoved this DVD in my hand and told me to watch it, I'm glad I did because I quite enjoyed it.
I'm usually not one for crime films, but this one has a particular charm that had me interested throughout.
Colourful characters and a light and often engaging script contributed to this films charm. It's not all action either, so you won't get bored by constant gun fights.
It's hard to not get caught up in the mystery of the piece, I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to watch a fun film with clever characters and an interesting plot.
My favourite film of all time
At the tender age of 3, my mother made the mistake of allowing me to watch this film, which subsequently sparked a life long obsession with sharks.
I must own 12 copies of this film, (not including the sequels) and every time I re-watch it, I go back to that moment in my childhood when I first saw it and became utterly enthralled.
I don't care that the shark isn't the greatest looking model in the world, because Spielberg carefully crafts the tension in such a way, that there are moments when I still jump out of my seat.
This is one of those films that everyone should see at least once, it will never age and never become dull.
WOW... An unexpected masterpiece
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much of this film, but I am happy to say that I was completely blown away by it.
The lead actors Andy Whitfield (Gabriel) and Dwaine Stevenson (Samael) were amazing, I couldn't believe that neither of them had done much work before, in my opinion, these are two men who have the potential to go far. Not that the supporting cast wasn't brilliant, Harry Pavlidis (Uriel) stole his scenes completely and Michael Piccirilli (Asmodeus) portrayed his character so well, he made my skin crawl.
When I read that the film was made on a ridiculously low budget, I was shocked, it didn't get in the way of the film whatsoever.
The plot and premise it very original and is carried out in an interesting and often spell-binding way. I was completely held from start to finish and think that in one viewing, it has made its way into my top ten films of all time.
I don't know what else I can say about this film expect for: watch it.
Lake Placid 2 (2007)
Has none of the originals charm
I am quite fond of creature features and I am a huge fan of the original Lake Placid. However, this outing is nothing to get excited about.
It is a merely a re-hash of the original with poorer characters, a much lower (and obviously so) budget, no wit or charm. It starts off well, I was actually willing to ignore the poor special effects if there had been a good story to back up the film, but unfortunately, there was nothing.
This film could have easily been a sequel to the 'Crocodile' series, if it hadn't been so clearly trying to rip off the first instalment. One wonders why they actually bothered to make it at all.
It's painful when you realise that the largest amount of research done for the film is probably read aloud by one of the characters in a slightly condescending tone. I think I could have picked up more information from a Puffin Book.
I have tried to look for positive things to say about the film, all I can say is that the actors aren't bad, its s pity they had such a poor script to work with.
Rather than wasting your time with this film, just re-watch the original. Or if you want to see a slightly cheesy crocodile movie, watch Crocodile 2:Deathroll, instead.
30 Days of Night (2007)
Good premise, good effects, good plot, good cast, AWFUL characters
It got to around the half way mark before I realised what had been bugging me all the way through the film. I pretty much sat thinking; this film isn't bad, so why aren't I excited or scared or willing the characters on? I finally realised it was because I didn't care about the characters in the film whatsoever. Now the idea is brilliant, the effects and make up are great, the cast is good and the script isn't bad, its just that the characters are so flat, I don't care what happens to them.
I really wanted this film to be good, I'd heard a lot of people telling me that it was a great re-telling of a movie monster classic. However, because there is little establishment at the start and practically no development throughout the film, you're watching flat 2D characters walk around on screen for 108 minutes, without much rhyme or reason.
If I were recommending vampire films to people, this would not be on the top of the list, I would much rather watch the likes of Dusk Till Dawn or Blade.