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13 Reasons Why (2017)
Tough to be a Teen Today
Without a doubt, Teens have a more difficult time today due to Social Network. One slip-up, and your life could be ruined until the end of time. Anyway, about Hannah. She could be dissected for a long time, and we could still not really understand her - that's what makes this such a great watch. I'm glad the writers made her do some things that a lot of people would not understand - that makes her more human. Even when she explains herself, she could not be completely believed. The thing is - she believes it, which makes it more complex. And the rest of the characters are amazing - I mean, really good acting. I thought the guy who played Clay, did a stellar job, and will get pats on the back along with roles. But what is really outstanding, is the casting - it was almost perfectly cast. It reflected the diversity of the "Bay Area", and made absolutely nothing of it - in other words, all is normal here, man. That is so, F'ing cool, because I don't think you could find a cast like that in films/ shows made anywhere else in the world but here in the USA. Hollywood will continue to dominate the world because of their diversity.
This movie is awful and insulting to all the Thai Women in Thailand. My biggest complaint with the movie is their depiction of every main, female, character in the movie as rude, antagonistic, and bitchy to complete strangers. Anyone who's ever been to Thailand knows that Thai Women would never act the way they were acting in the movie with a total stranger. As a matter of fact, most Women anywhere in the world would not act so rude to a person they've just met, and expect them to buy their coffee beans. Also, the American Male, who's the coffee buyer in the movie is also portrayed like an push-over, idiot. The Writer should go back to writing class or give up writing anything that has to do with people. It's not because his characters are one dimensional - they're worse, and more like half dimensional.
Oh My Goth it's Boring
The Main Characters are "deader" than the murder victims, and the story is just as vapid. The murder victims are staged by the killer in what is described as "artistic", and I agree, which makes them more exciting than the actual living characters in the film who are by far some of the most unsympathetic, disengaging, unemotional, boring people to grace the screen. Now on a more positive note, the Art Direction makes the film watchable, but the pretty Actress is what's keeping me watching. Other than that, this movie has nothing to offer, and is like a nicely wrapped box with a polished stone inside. Don't waste your time unless you are one of the following: A film student who must watch everything, A film critic who must watch everything, Someone who enjoys watching paint dry, or an unlucky fool. Of course I'm joking because I'd be the unlucky fool.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
It's Give & Take
It is not a perfect movie by far, but it's worth watching, never-the- less. The story could have been less pat, and could have taken more risks. Which makes me wonder, what were they afraid of?
The visuals are beautiful, and that includes the Cast of Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, & Gerard Butler. Given these three beautiful people, it is easy to understand why we would want to sit through this movie, but when it comes to the singing, Gerard Butler is not on par with the rest of the cast. I do not blame Butler, since his singing could have easily been enhanced, dubbed, and even perfected with today's existing technology. Instead, they chose to go with a Joey Buttafuoco sounding, Phantom. Well, not that bad, I mean, most of the time he was just fine, it's just sometimes that he would sound like Buttafuoco, but that was enough to ruin any emotional investment one would have had in the movie at that moment.
Another issue with the movie is the Makeup. I really don't see anyone receiving any noteworthy, awards for this work. It is not so much the actual application of the makeup, because the actors look good. The makeup on Emmy Rossum is breath-takingly, beautiful, when she sings, "Think of Me", but then again, she probably doesn't really need any makeup to look beautiful. However, it's the continuity of the makeup that throws people for a loop. The phantom's disfigurement (more like a rash) seems to appear less & less grotesque as the film progresses, and then appears grotesque again, and then less so again - it's a mess. Then there's Emmy Rossum, who miraculously changes from a fresh, faced innocent, to a sexy, eyeshadowed seductress, all within the same scene where she takes a ride on the gondola with the Phantom. Did she check her makeup on board? Not to be unkind to Emmy Rossum, if anything, she is the star, and the heart of this film. It is as if the universe all conspired to bring us this unique talent, for a brief moment, and we could all fall in love with her in the Phantom.
Overall, the movie is absolutely worth watching, because Andrew Lloyd Webber, and his Lyricist (Charles Hart) are geniuses. The music & songs are beautifully, written and the Director did a great job bringing it from stage to screen.
Don't let the "Jaded Critic" fool you into skipping this by saying things like, "unoriginal, melodramatic, boring, & corny", because the movie is very good. The "Critic" who said those words must not have a pulse, and is hooked up to an IV drip. I mean, seriously, the guy really must not have seen the movie, because he spends practically no words explaining why it's bad - he should at least "back-up" his critique. My guess is that he has a stake in a similar movie which he boasts about that is better than Sanctum, but I have not seen that movie, so I will not comment. However, Sanctum may not be original, because it's about being trapped in a cave, but it is definitely not boring. How could incredible, high definition, shots of breath-taking, caverns and life threatening dangers around every corner be boring? The acting & story is not "melodramatic, & corny" - it's captivating & entertaining. It's about the will to survive, and endure incredible odds of suffering just to see the light of day. I've seen a lot of movies, and I could easily have been bored, highly critical of the acting, but I saw none of that in this movie. The Actors are not American and not Big Stars, but they do well enough, and gets you involved in their world of cave, diving, and exploration. As a matter of fact, I was feeling claustrophobic watching them dive in the tight spaces. Also, the dangers they face just being there was enough to make you wonder how people actually do things like cave diving - it's incredibly dangerous.
The Kill Point (2007)
Better than Expected
"Kill Point" is a very, intense movie and worth the watch. I really don't expect TV Mini Series to be worth watching unless they're on Pay Cable or something, but I don't think this was on Pay TV, which means this should have "sucked". Anyway, this was a "nail-biting" suspense that delivered from start to finish. It was a very addicting watch, and I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was no ridiculous Character development, or far fetched scenes that stinks of lazy/ stupid writing. All the Characters were well written and behaved as if they were really in a hostage situation. This movie is good enough that after watching it, all the parties involved are seen in a new respectful, light. I also gained new respect for all the Actors in the movie. Donny Wahlberg who is pretty much dismissed as Mark Walhberg's, less talented, older Brother is actually fantastic. John Leguizamo was also very good as the Hostage Taker who has to manage an intense situation, and try to maintain his honor. Of course, it's not an Academy Awards acting job, but they were worth watching because this was a great movie, and I would recommend it to even the hardcore action/ suspense movie goers.
Life as We Know It (2010)
It's the Title Stupid
This is a movie that is actually saved by the Stars, Katherine Heigl & Josh Duhamel, and that doesn't happen very often (these 2 saving any movie that is). The movie is so cliché that you really don't get anything new except the combination of the two leads, and they look really good together. Everything about this movie is so "done before" for a Romantic Comedy, that you wonder if the Producers used "software" that automatically wrote, produced, & directed this movie for them, and all they had to do was punch in the names of the two lead characters. Sure, you know everything that's going to happen before it happens, but Heigl & Duhamel look so good together, that it's still worth watching. Even the soundtrack is "cookie-cutter", and leans more on the "bland" side, which is a bad thing, because you're actually not supposed to notice the soundtrack unless it's really good or bad. And then there's the "Title", which is sooo... forgettable, that if you went to the theater, and saw, "Life As We Know It", on the marquee you might think you were at night school for the Learning Annex. Someone, somewhere in the Marketing Dept., must be secretly laughing with great satisfaction, because they must have protested the use of this awful Title only to be ignored by the idiot boss.
Boring Good Idea
The concept is good, and worth looking at for a movie, but any good Science Fiction Movie worth a damn, must be able to do one thing: create a suspension of disbelief. Through out the whole movie, I kept finding flaws so outstanding that I just could not find myself to enjoy this movie. Flaws in plot, character, and story just drags this movie down like a ton of bricks. Had this movie not taken itself so seriously, perhaps it might have been saved by some humor, but this movie was not funny either. I also did not get "involved" in the main character, Vincent's, struggles, and could care less if he got caught, or succeeded in his plan to go to space. Although, I do not blame Ethan Hawk's performance in the movie, and more the Writer than anyone. Watching a guy constantly, collecting his own personal DNA in CSI-like fashion, and not display any emotions about it, makes for a pretty boring movie.
The Ramen Girl (2008)
Good Movie, Bad Marketing
Strange thing about this movie is that it has a lot of things wrong with it, but it is still a good movie, because it has a lot of "charm". Not the kind of charm in a movie that is overly contrived, but an actual sincere charm - which is hard to find. Most credit goes to Brittany Murphy for the charm, because she is such a naturally, sweet girl that she just delivers that quality to the whole film. The first problem I would love to address is the Cover of the DVD/Poster/Ad, because it is really awful. It has a "reverse stereotype" of Brittany Murphy in a Kimono with hands clasped. This would be okay for a film that one would think is about a soft-porn, submissive female on Cinemax, but it is not - it's more in the line of Karate Kid, and Shall we Dance. The People who watch expecting to see some White girl in Japan in hot, sexy escapades will be disappointed, and the People who usually watch more cultural, art films would avoid it thinking it's just soft-porn, so this "Cover" just disappoints everyone. The Marketing Dept. should learn from the people who market Fast & the Furious, because those movies sucks big, but always pulls in the audience because people know what to expect.
Living Hell (2008)
Omg She Can't Act
What is the worse thing about a bad movie? Is it the crappy Special Effects, the lousy Story, or maybe the Directing? I am usually very generous to Actors, and blame the Director, because he is responsible for everything that happens in front of the camera. The Actors, I think, really do try their best, and it is a job that is harder than most people think. And then I watched, "Living Hell", a straight-to-video, B- Horror, that I have zero expectations. One particular element of a movie is the Acting, and for some reason it just really, sticks out if it's done, very, well, or done, really, really, badly. Unfortunately, for Erica Leerhsen, her acting in this film was perhaps the worse acting I have ever seen in movie history. I mean, it was not the kind of "bad acting" that makes you laugh out loud, because you know that the Actor is the Producer's Girl-friend. It's also not the kind of "bad acting", that is from an Actor who's just a big, "Ham", like William Shatner, over-acting, because he's wearing tight, spandex clothes on a space-ship, and needs to bring more attention himself. No, this is the kind of "bad acting" that is for all the acting schools out there to study for an entire year. The Director, Richard Jeffries, should be ashamed of himself for directing a performance worthy of 10 Raspberries, combined.