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Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2006)
I enjoyed this better than the first
Ashes to Ashes is easily my favorite Pumpkinhead movie. While the effects may not be the best, the story more than makes up for it. One problem with the first one, to me at least, was the lack of a true villain. Pumpkinhead was more of a weapon than a villain, the teens felt guilty for killing Ed's son, and Ed saw early on that he was wrong in summoning Pumpkinhead. In this, however, Doug Bradly plays a true villain, a character you truly hate and want to see punished. Seeing him console Molly Sue Allen when her child's corpse is brought out, knowing that he's the one who desecrated it, makes him utterly detestable. The added continuity of characters such as Bunt, Haggis and, of course, Ed Harley, really improve it over the second movie. In the first, Haggis warns Ed that he would become the next Pumpkinhead. In Pumpkinhead 2, it's a boy who was killed decades before the film. In this, however, before taking the form of Pumpkinhead, the corpse briefly takes Ed's form, showing that he did, indeed, become the next Pumpkinhead. Although I do think having Ed's ghost appear in this and the next movie was a bit much.
The Smurfs (2011)
Best movie of the year
I was very excited about this movie, and it didn't disappoint. It felt just like an episode of the cartoon. Hank Azaria made a perfect Garagamel, and while the voices of the Smurfs were a little jarring at first (being different from the cartoon), but quickly became unnoticeable. The CGI was perfect, it was easy to believe the Smurfs were real blue elves rather than special effects. Unfortunately, it didn't leave much room for a sequel, although if Garfield and Scooby-Doo both get sequels, and Alvin and the Chipmonks gets TWO, this certainly deserves at least one. *SPOILER* Maybe have Gargamel get back to his own time somehow, and have the movie set in the Smurfs own time period instead of modern times *END SPOILER*
Dragonball Evolution (2009)
A great, and underrated, movie
I saw this at the first showing, and bought the Blu-ray the day it was released. I don't know why everyone is so afraid of change. It was a great movie, the acting was good, the effects were great, the costumes were amazing, and the changes were enough to make the story interesting to someone who's read the manga and seen the anime (like me). A direct adaption would have been boring. This version changed stuff around and made it work. While it's true it could have used a few more characters from the original stuff, that still seems like a fairly minor complaint, as more characters would just mean they'd have to introduce them, which would bog down the movie. And to the people who complain about hair color, what works in animation doesn't always work in live action, and that's a REALLY minor thing to complain about.