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I am a fan of Bollywood and musicals, too.
This show is a great show! The characters are engaging. The acting is good. I think this show is a wonderful ABC Family show; it has something for every family member. It is fun enough for the kids, dramatic and engaging enough for teens, and it really makes you think, I think adults would enjoy it, too. Fun for all the family! I am super bummed that this show was canceled. Don't people like substance and quality anymore? This show is great! It teaches you to value people beyond their physical appearance; it teaches you that we all have our own struggles to go through; and that if we team up, we can help each other. There are many more lessons and ideas this show promotes subtly and fabulously, but these are just a few that popped into my head.
Seriously. This show is fun to watch! It's funny, it's dramatic, it makes you think, it has great character-focus while also addressing some big issues that may concern a lot of people. I really think this is a great TV show.
Bring HUGE back!
Superman Returns (2006)
I went into this theater expecting a fabulous, exciting movie, and I walked out utterly pleased. It was higher than my expectations! This movie was funny, it got you involved emotionally, it had enough action, amazing special-effects, and excellent acting.
Brandon Routh was excellent as Superman, and as the adorably dorky Clark Kent. He has the looks, the muscle, and he doesn't look ridiculous in the blue and red suit. Kate Bosworth was lovely and vivacious as Lois Lane, and James Marsden was, well, so very normal compared to Superman, but he did a good job, too.
Whatsisname was a good villain, a good Lex Luthor. He didn't overact the evilness; he got it just right. He got the power-hungry sense, and the wit and intelligence that Lex Luthor has; he didn't overdo it, but nor did he underplay it. He makes the viewers understand why this man has been doing so many horrible things.
The only reason I give this 9 is because of the inconclusive ending. I hope that there are more Superman movies with Brandon Routh after this. Bryan Singer did a fabulous job with this.
The plot line never lagged. It was always exciting and making the viewer ask questions. It was action packed and suspenseful; it didn't have too much action, nor too much non-action. It had a good balance of emotional conflict and action-type conflict.
Also, this movie does not confuse the non-Supermanbuffs. I am not a Superman buff, but I was able to follow what was happening, and what Krypton was and why Superman left in the first place, etc. etc.
I would advise this movie to anyone who is searching for a good reason to go to the theater, or for someone who wants to see a good action film, or for people who are wondering if Routh can be a good Superman. Go see this movie as soon as you can!
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
An intense experience - fabulous film!
An hour after I saw the movie, and I'm still tearing up about it! This movie was excellent. I have been caught up in the movie hype, and secretly getting excited about it, and reading the excellent reviews of it here on IMDb. I have been wanting to see it for ages, and knew it was going to be good (and was so happy when it won awards)! But even so, my expectations were not just met, they were EXCEEDED. This movie is more excellent than I can put into words. I think it will open a lot of people's eyes to the real beauty of the love that can be shared. The love between these two men, Ennis and Jack, was amazing. It struck chords in my heart and left me breathless, and teary, and it really made me feel for them.
This movie is amazingly poignant. The acting is SO amazing! I've never seen Heath Ledger act better than he did in Brokeback Mountain. Jake Glyllenhaal I had never really seen in movies, but I knew his name, and he did a wonderful job in this movie, too. He has those eyes that just sink you in and get you stuck there, swimming in them.
The plot is realistic, telling of the hardships of 1963, but mostly the movie is about the love shared between the men, and how they cope with not being able to be together every minute as they wish.
This movie also had some really funny parts in it. It's a drama, but there were some parts that really had me laughing. And at other parts, it can be so intense...intense passion...intense anger...intense sadness, and anguish..."Brokeback Mountain" is a masterpiece because of the giant heart the movie, and its characters, have. Their hearts show through their love. It's stunning. It leaves you wanting to see the movie over, and over, and over.
Poignant. Beautiful. Magnificent. These words can't even sum up the total effectiveness and excellence of "Brokeback Mountain." This is a movie you must experience in order to understand its greatness. See it, and you will understand.
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
This movie was absolutely beautiful. I have read the myth, but even if I hadn't, I would still have loved this movie. I saw the previews, and knew immediately that I would love watching this movie. I was right.
We get to know the characters Tristan and Isolde, and learn to love and feel for them; when Tristan and Isolde love each other, I loved them both even more.
This movie is mostly romance, but for those of you out there who dislike romance, it has action in it too, and the plot moves and isn't just all lovey-lovey. Both Sophia and James Franco did excellent jobs acting.
The plot is really interesting, about forbidden love, and I found myself teary or crying more than once during this film. The costumes and settings are extremely beautiful, and there was nothing confusing about this plot - it doesn't meander with explaining much at the beginning other than that there is war between Ireland and Britain, and then gets on with the great story.
Tristan is a very noble, lovable hero - extremely so (and not just because we get to see him without his shirt on). He is loyal, he is loving, honest, kind, and not at all selfish. Isolde is equally sweet. She is charming in the firm bonds she forms with those she loves, and is also loving, but also willing to stand up for herself. Both characters have strength, persistence, and giant hearts.
The fighting scenes were excellent. You really fear for the characters, and it's not just all smash-and-bang with swords, there are also bows and arrows, poisonous herbs, shields, and the regular old smash-crash with fists and feet. Tristan was an excellent fighter, but not in a way that made him too much better than the others (as in, it wasn't a cheesy the-hero-always-wins thing, he had to struggle for his wins).
The costumes, also, were something to look at. Throughout the movie I noticed Isolde's intricately designed dresses, and as for Tristan, I really like the knee-length tunics they had him wear. They were stylized and interesting. Very medieval. The atmosphere, clothing, scenery, and architecture of this movie struck me as very authentic medieval. And the Irish ARE played by some real Irish! But all of this I have said, really, is just to satisfy those of you who are extremely picky about movies. I think that if you aren't one of those, you will love this movie. It captures your heart, wrenches it, and doesn't give it back even after the movie is over. This movie will enchant you, take your breath away, make you cry for the eternity of love, and captivate you from beginning to end. Go see it!
This movie was an excellent movie. I came into the theater expecting a good movie, and left the theater with my expectations having been surpassed.
It was funnier than I thought; but the humor was not all that made this movie excellent. Heath Ledger played the lady-charmer Casanova wonderfully, showing insight into why so many women would fall for this man, and how he escaped being caught before.
This movie is rated R, but with barely any reason for it - don't feel unable to bring your preteens to this film, because there is no nudity, only hints of sex scenes, and really, that is not the focus of this film. This film focuses on a man who had a superficial idea of love, and how he discovers what true love is - and the adventures and trials he goes through in the discovery.
All the actors did a great job in this movie, in my opinion. The costumes are lovely, the scenery lavish Venice, and the dialog so enchanting, the movie would not have been at all as delightful without such witty dialog.
There is suspense in this movie as, again and again, you think that Casanova will be caught in his tricks, and wonder at his ability to not be caught. The chase scenes are original, the epiphanies and romance grin-inducing, and the ending is absolutely superb.
Go to this movie if you are not a historical nitpick and simply want to have a good time seeing a good movie. It's a fun one!
A masterpiece of a film
Everyone has already said I wanted to say, and said it better than I could. So I will make this short.
I could ramble on for hours about how beautiful this movie Devdas was, and how it touched my heart and affected me more than any American movie - or any other Indian movie I had seen before - ever could.
I had been watching Indian movies and was a bit of a Shahrukh Khan fan, and then my best friend recommended Devdas and I finally rented it. I had high expectations, because so many people had recommended and complimented it (although warning it was long and sad), but Devdas still blew me away! The acting in this movie is superb. It moved me to tears several times in the course of the movie. The music is enchanting and makes me wish I knew Hindi better so I could properly sing along! I only knows bits and pieces of these songs because I love them so much; they get stuck in your head, and you love it.
The love story of Devdas...there is no other like it. This beats Romeo and Juliet, hands down. If you love love stories, enchanting visuals, beautiful actresses, and/or stunning acting and a wonderful heartfelt story, then DEVDAS is the movie for you! Please watch it, even if you've never seen any Bollywood film before. There is no way you could possibly regret watching this. Don't let the length of the film scare you off, or the subtitles, or the Indian culture, or anything you could possibly be scared of (although I don't see why you could be)! It will all be out of your mind once you watch the movie, because Devdas is a masterpiece of a film!
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
I feel that everyone has already said what I wanted to say, but the movie was so exquisite that I just HAVE to comment! I have never read or seen a stage version of Phantom of the Opera, and I knew next to nothing about the plot when I saw this movie. I was worried that I would hate it and find it boring, because I'm not that fond of musicals, but my family really wanted to see it so we rented it and I sat down to see if I would like it.
LIKE it? I LOVED IT! I wish I had seen it in the theaters! All the flashing colors, amazing costumes, and fairy-tale like words and story would have been even more fascinating if I had! Every second of this movie has your eyes glued to the screen in awe of something or other, whether it be the intricate costumes, vibrant colors, or suspense of the story. I was at the edge of my seat with excitement the whole time, the mystery of who the Phantom was and what Christine's choices would be driving me crazy.
Emmy Rossum was a very beautiful Christine, with youthful features and lovely hair, but gosh, her VOICE was by far the most beautiful thing about it! The first time I heard her sing a song on stage, the high, angelic notes rising ever higher, I was SO amazed! The drama of this story becomes even more so when the Phantom of the Opera enters. The actor who played the Phantom, I forget his last name, he was astounding! Not only did he have a jaw-dropping voice (whoever says his voice wasn't good, they have something wrong with their ears), but he played the sad/loving/genius/insane personality of the Phantom SO well! I found his character had the most depth to it.
The actor who played the Phantom, in my opinion his best moment was when he first brought Christine to his lair and sang a song to her, about the angel of music and the place of music. There was one moment where he talked about her heart soaring, and on the word "soar" the note he held was SO high (especially impressive for a man) that I almost dropped off the couch in shock! END OF SPOILER PARAGRAPH.
I cannot compliment this movie "The Phantom of Opera" enough. It weaves everything that makes a movie fascinating into one complete, stunning, unique and aesthetically pleasing whole. The visuals are realistic, colorful, they make you feel like you are THERE. The costumes and stage sets make it not difficult to imagine how opera was done back in the 1800s. The characters were full fleshed out and stunning to behold in both their looks, the way they portrayed their characters' emotions and personalities, and, of course, the singing parts of the performance... were the most ethereal, tear-inducing, jaw-dropping, awe-bringing parts of the whole movie! For anyone who loves adventure, anyone who loves romance and a good story, anyone who is curious about the raving behind Phantom of the Opera, anyone who loves hearing beautiful voices at work, THIS it the movie for YOU! Go see it! Quick! It will be an experience I am sure you will not regret.