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The Prestige (2006)
The Prestige. I am impressed. I am a HUGE fan of Hugh Jackman and bought the book as soon as I heard he would be in this movie. I read it and enjoyed it, but wasn't especially fond of it. But I still had been really looking forward to this movie.
I went to the first showing opening day (Friday, Oct. 20th) with 2 friends and sat a row behind them, alone, to enjoy it peacefully. I loved it all.
Christopher Nolan really has a gift at directing. The way the movie cuts back and forth between different places and times is clever. Although some might be confused or left stupefied, others will be happy and glorified. The movie will keep you guessing the whole time until the very end. The script, acting, settings, props, everything was so well-done.
Hugh Jackman was excellent as the angry, obsessive magician trying to gain back his life by revenge. Christian Bale was equally impressive as the mystifying, secretive showman, never letting out his secrets until necessary. Michael Caine rocked in supporting everyone else's parts with his curiosity. The rest of the cast rounded out nicely and helped out where need be. I really recommend this movie to a sophisticated audience who doesn't mind a long, mysterious movie.
And man, what an ending.
The Illusionist (2006)
One of my top-ten favorite movies
This movie was so f'ing good, there is no reason for you not to see it in theaters, it is well worth your money. I had heard of this movie about 2 weeks before it came out and it looked okay. I love Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti is a pretty good actor. That, and the fact that I love magic and illusions convinced me to go see this. Within the first 15 minutes of the movie I was captivated because it felt like I was watching a magic show. Of course in movies, they can add all types of special effects as opposed to seeing these things live, but it was still very entertaining. But then the movie got meatier and more in-depth with the characters and who they were and their motives.
At one point, I realized how much I personally wanted to punch Rufus Sewall's character in the face because he was just annoying the crap out of me. That made me realize how good this movie was. Each character performed their roles so well, it was extremely realistic. I personally believe Paul Giamatti should be nominated, if not win, for Best Supporting Actor at the upcoming Academy Awards.
The story was a mixture of love, hate, and politics. It was very realistic and it kept me very interested, not once did I check the time to see how much longer the movie had until it was over. And the ending... Well, incredible. Do not miss this movie, at all.
The Da Vinci Treasure (2006)
Only God knows why...
Why was this made? This is the worst copy-film I have ever seen. It's so stupid and bad. I cannot believe there is actually a recognizable actor in this movie (Lance Henriksen from the Alien movies). It was so terribly stupid. The editing "tricks" used are so dumb and pointless and distracting. I hate this movie!! The Making-Of footage was pretty much C. Thomas Howell being an ass to everyone on set. Avoid this movie at all costs. The only reason I rented this was cuz my friend and I are actually making a funny spoof of the Da Vinci Code and we heard about this and decided it might be noteworthy. Only God knows that we were wrong.
The Break-Up (2006)
I really liked it
I think I enjoyed this movie so much because I can really relate to it. I see why a lot of people didn't like it and gave it such low ratings, but I enjoyed it. I think it is very realistic on the way people feel about each other. I liked the ending too, but most people didn't.
It's not the best movie ever, but you gotta take it for what it is. I think this is Vince Vaughn's best performance in terms of comedies, because his character actually has depth and doesn't show one stupid emotion the whole movie. Jennifer Aniston is great as always in her comedic roles. They made a good on-screen "couple" or ex-couple, I guess. The one-liners were terrific, the writing obviously very good. It sorta had a dark mood over the entire thing, too.
Basically, if you've have some real ups and downs in relationships, this is worth a watch. If not, then so be it.
United 93 (2006)
Amazingly real on all fronts
This is the best movie so far for the year of 2006. It's so amazingly realistic. It could not have been done better. I went and saw this movie with some friends not expecting it to be THAT great, but when we walked outta that theater we were speechless. I was in tears at the end.
The thing that makes United 93 so good is that it's all up close and realistic. There's no flashy explosions, slick dialog, popular actors. No, it's all in your face, hardcore terror, with everyday people. The movie starts off very slow, it quickly picks up the pace after about 20-30 min. A lot of people probably aren't ready for this movie and I don't blame them. I was not affected by 9/11 in any major way, I just know it's wrong and f-ed up and it's sad. But after seeing this movie, I know how tough it's gotta be, knowing you're gonna die and having to say goodbye to those you love most.
The actors in this movie were excellent, especially the four terrorists. I really like the one blonde flight attendant's role, she played that one very well, but aside from that, you don't remember that many people/faces since the movie just focuses on the entire group in general.
With all that said, this is definitely a movie you must get around to seeing whether it be on video, TV, or theaters (it probably has a more profound effect in theaters). The move was like riding a roller coaster almost and I really felt I was there.
Don't dilly dally this one
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is the best looking computer-generated movie I've seen. There's not too many of them, but this is definitely excellent. The action scenes are amazing, the detail put into each and every character is extreme, and it's eye-candy for the most. Unfortunately, I don't feel this movie will strike it really big for non-FF7 fans. They might think it's OK, but no where near the excitement fans will receive from this.
The only things I didn't like was that I felt it was too action-ish and not enough plot. There's a whole bunch of things left unexplained (like what the hell that stupid monster that came out of the middle of the sky was, who the hell that Denzel kid was, and WHY CAIT SITH HAS A FREAKING IRISH ACCENT!). The last battle with our dear old friend ;) is the pinnacle point of the movie. The scenes with Aerith totally teared me up and brought me right back to 1997. I definitely gotta give the game a play again.
The Rock (1996)
The definition of a good action movie
If you don't like The Rock, then you don't like action. The Rock is the perfect example of the perfect action movie. It has everything; awesome cast, great acting, excellent plot, great character development, and intense "HURRY! SHOOT HIM!" moments.
Ed Harris is excellent as the ticked off, Vietnam veteran our for revenge against his men who were dusted off the government's shoulders like nothing. Nicolas Cage (one of my favorites) is great as the sarcastic chemical weapons specialist. And of course, Sir Sean Connery does it again as the hated-by-the-law escapist. Just having Sean Connery and Nick Cage in most scenes together was great, they were the perfect team.
The music, the setting (man, the setting was great), the explosions and gunfights were all realistic and well-done. This is definitely one of my top 5 favorite action movies. Worth the buy on DVD, it shouldn't be more than 10 bucks.
Silent Hill (2006)
The sickest movie I've ever seen
Silent Hill is the best video-game-to-movie adaptation ever made, hands down. All the words in the world can't explain the beauty of this film. Maybe, it's because Silent Hill is my favorite game series, but I think not since Resident Evil was my favorite series back when the movie came out and those movies were horrible. But anyway, where to start? You obviously know the story, a mother loses her daughter in the ghost town of Silent Hill and creepy things start happening. Well, I personally think the cinematography and make-up in this movie are incredible and Oscar-worthy. The creatures are so amazingly realistic, especially that freaking Pyramid Head! The music in this movie captures the atmosphere perfectly, and most of it is from the games. Man, this was definitely the scariest movie I've ever seen, it really scared the crap outta me. The story does differ a little from the original game's plot. If you're a fan, you'll definitely recognize some areas and camera angles (the dark alley in the beginning, the jump between the two apartments).
The only things I found not that great were the sometimes wooden-acting, and the ending I felt could've been done better. Sometimes the story got a little too unbelievable but I think a lot of video games have insane stories and you just gotta buy into it. Look at movies like Doom and Tomb Raider... How are you supposed to take those seriously? Exactly. This isn't a great review since I can't explain this movie that well, it's just definitely worth seeing, best horror movie I've seen all year, and it's a MUST-SEE for fans of the game.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The best damn war movie I've ever seen... EVER!
Saving Private Ryan is the first movie that's kept my eyes glued to the screen, no lie, for at least 30 minutes straight. The opening scene in this movie is incredible. I've never been in war, but after seeing this movie, I know, I just know, that that's what war is like. It's gotta be. Steven Spielberg is amazing in this movie. The performances are amazing. Everything is so well done. Sometimes the camera gets a little too shaky, but you gotta picture it through the eyes of someone who's actually there.
I usually get bored with war movies, because it's usually the same crap. But this movie sticks with me. It's gotta be hell to be a soldier. The combat scenes were excellently done, and even though the opening was extremely gruesome and gory, it just had to be that way. The movie is a little long, almost 3 hours, but it's worth the entire watch. The ONLY scene I thought was a little stupid was when they (spoiler) found the wrong Private Ryan and he started crying cuz he thought his brothers were dead. But aside from that, this is the best war movie I've ever seen. Make sure you see this movie! FUBAR!
The most emotional and captivating movie I have ever seen.
The Lord Of The Rings is the best trilogy ever made in my opinion. There is not a single flaw (maybe from book to movie, but I haven't read the books, so I can't say). This series is so perfect. Not only is it for anyone from 9 to 99, but it's just so touching.
The Fellowship of The Ring was an excellent movie, probably the slowest one, but you gotta have patience. The Two Towers ups the action and excitement and after I had seen it, I was craving the 3rd one so bad. But when this film finally hit theaters and I saw it, I knew that it was the perfect movie. I cried, I gasped, I jumped, I cheered, I laughed, I clapped, I did everything.
This movie will honestly stay in my heart forever. A true example of a perfect movie.