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Ghostbusters is nothing more than an inconsistent mess of a wannabee comedy. I am indeed a fan of Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, but honestly, this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.
Sure, the effects were state-of-the-art for 1984, with all of those hideous monsters, but that was simply just a way to cover up the absolutely awful screenplay.
I'm not sure where all of this acclaim comes from. Just like Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the story jumps all over the place. Yes, they stayed true to one aspect, the line with the wicked Zuul, but the rest just seemed out of place.
Observing from sites such as IMDb.com and rottentomatoes.com, Mud appears to be an incredible film. But both sites are far from true. This movie was no more than average, having a very uninteresting plot and script, even with an amazing performance from Matthew McConaughey.
The film revolves around two friends, Ellis and Neckbone (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland), who live in a poor section of the southern United States. While exploring the river near their homes, the two boys discover the hideout of a mysterious man, who goes by the name Mud (McConaughey). Mud claims he is searching for his love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), but is being hunted down by a group of men. Ellis is caught in the middle of this and is hungry for answers.
The plot just wasn't enough. The pace was painfully slow and many of the characters weren't very desirable. Simplicity will sometimes work for films, but this was not the case for Mud. The story is somewhat predictable and the whole concept was screaming for more.
James Cameron has created yet another masterpiece. Jaw dropping special effects matched with incredible performances make up Avatar.
A paraplegic ex-marine, Jake Sully, takes over for his murdered twin brother in a project known as the Avatar Program, which was designed to communicate with the native humanoids (Na'vi) that inhabit a life- supporting moon six years away. The advanced technology allows his consciousness to be transferred to another body, where he can finally walk once again.
Jake participates in several missions lead by Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver), an expert on the Na'vi. Within months, he begins to question the actions of the humans in charge and is faced with a difficult decision.
Zoe Saldana's performance of Neytiri, a Na'Vi who Jake befriends, was extraordinary. It was a surprise that she was not nominated for an Oscar or Golden Globe. In order to portray such a character, she had to have the right facial expressions and speaking talents, which she nailed.
Supporting characters such as Mo'at (CCH Pounder), Grace Augustine and Miles Quarich (Stephen Lang) were also brilliantly acted.
The effects were just as stunning as Zoe Saldana's performance. Alien creatures and plants alike looked real, were they all had been computerized, as well as the Na'vi, which were created using motion capture.
In the end, the excellent writing and directing conducted by James Cameron will make Avatar difficult to forget.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Amazing Performances make up for the shortcomings of the story
If you're looking for a movie that is both hilarious with a meaning, you've come to the right place. This film, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, centers around two bipolar friends, Tiffany Maxwell and Pat Solitano. Pat is desperate to get back with his estranged wife, Nikki, where Tiffany is widowed after her husband was killed in a traffic accident. They come to a deal where if Pat will join Tiffany in a dance competition, Tiffany will deliver Pat's letters to Nikki.
The movie is superbly acted, which gained Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar win at the age of 22, plus a nomination for Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. The film itself received several other Oscar nominations.
What is great about Silver Linings is that it accurately portrays mental illness without offensive exaggerations that are far too frequent in other programs. The humor and drama are both well balanced.
My only problem with this movie is that I craved more from the plot. It seemed that there should have been more to the story than practicing for a dance competition and winning a bet. However, this issue is easily overlookable, as the actors give a flawless performance.
Thieves, Inc. (2013)
Lacking excitement and not suitable for Food Network
I watched this show to see that although the hosts appear to have a decent sense of humor, the show isn't very interesting. I was expecting them to nab much more than was showed in the final cut. If more effort was shown into describing the process of the sting as well as more excitement added into the episodes. Lastly, this program does not belong on Food Network. Similar shows like "Mystery Diners" and "Restaurant Stakeout" are far more appropriate because they deal with the food industry. Thieves, inc is just about catching shoplifters. No culinary tie exists, which means they should transfer the show to a different network.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Million Dollar Baby is the story of a woman in her early thirties (Hillary Swank) who takes up boxing. Her coach reluctantly takes her under his wing and teaches her what she needs to become an exceptional boxer.
It was a good start, getting our hopes up and making Maggie a star. What was not preferable is that Maggie has a large amount of matches, but many are not shown for very long or not at all. It is just shown that she wins but does not give us the full story.
When Maggie makes it up to her final match, she gets paralyzed from the neck down and is from then on living her life in a home. After much protest, Frankie finally cooperates with Maggie -- and mercy-kills her because she hates living life that way.
The acting was superb, however the story was missing certain aspects.
iCarly: iLost My Mind (2011)
Offensive and unreliable
The episode "iLost My Mind" from the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly is truly idiotic and offensive.
The plot of the episode revolves around character Samantha Puckett who admits herself to a psychiatric hospital because she has feelings for the technical producer of her web series. Not because he's a forty-six- year-old man or a convicted murderer -- He's just a nerd.
It is preposterous to seek psychiatric help for this reason, let alone being admitted. When Samantha's co-host learns of this, she recruits a few pals and goes to the hospital to rescue her confused friend.
When the group gets there, the patients are depicted as dirty, crazy and over the top obnoxious, which is far from what actual psychiatric patients look like. It is a shame how iCarly's writers are misinforming their young viewers with an inaccurate portrayal of the mentally ill.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Galaxy Quest does have some good actors, like Sigourney Weaver and Tim Allen, but this is no excuse for the film's mediocrity.
Many of the characters are very annoying, having idiotic lines. The film was intended to spoof space movies and television, but just wasn't good enough.
There were a few laughs here and there, but the film really wasn't anything special. The aliens were desirable characters, as was some bits of the plot, but many of the jokes were pretty lame.
The make up for the movie was alright, Alan Rickman's to be specific. The fans that saved the day in the end were just plain stupid, where a much better ending should have been written.
ParaNorman had a unique concept of a boy who is able to see ghosts -- not actually original, where this has been seen in The Sixth Sense and Ghost Whisperer.
The film shows the protagonist, Norman, to be a misunderstood and out-of-place student at school where he is constantly bullied.
He eventually is able to solve some curse that a young girl put on the town for executing her for whichcraft. The writing for ParaNorman was very boring and several punchlines would go without laughter. Several aspects of the plot were a failure, such as the unlikable characters, some who were also unoriginal, such as 'Neil', who bares a very strong resemblance in design and personality to the character 'Chowder' from "Monster House" (which is also a Halloween film).
The Princess Bride (1987)
Whimsical and Charming
The book was long and boring, but the film was the sheer opposite. Funny and strongly written, The Princess Bride is a wonderful movie, despite its low effects.
Buttercup (Robin Wright) falls in love with a poor man named Wesley (Carey Elwes) and are together until his death by the Dread Pirate Roberts.
Buttercup is then engaged to Prince Humperdinck, a selfish man who wishes to start a war. She does not love him, however, because Wesley is the true owner of her heart.
She is then captured by three men who claim to be circus performers but is recaptured by "The Man in Black" who turns out to be Wesley, who inherited the ship of his captor.
Buttercup is later whisked away from her wedding by the two surviving kidnappers and Wesley, free to be together for the rest of their lives.