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Black Dahlia (2006)
WORST MOVIE EVER MADE....with no joking involved.
Never has there been worse actors. Never has there been worse writing. Never has there been worse effects. Never has there been worse cinematography. NEVER has there been worse music. = NEVER HAS THERE BEEN ANOTHER MOVIE LIKE THIS.
Congrats to the cast for literally making the WORST freaking movie I have ever seen. I Honestly say, that I have never wished for a movie to have disappeared from my life, just so I could get that many minutes back, but this movie made me see how that feels. I WANTED those long and painful 118 minutes back after wasting them. There was no plot. It wasn't creepy. They kept repeating the same thing over and over again. It wasn't even bad enough to be funny....it was WORSE. I can't believe this thing exists. And the worse part is, the design for the cover (which may be the only good thing about it...seriously) tempts you to buy it. The "dance" sequence in this movie is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life, and I almost puked from it. I wish there was a way for me to show you what I mean when I say this is the worst movie ever made without you watching it, but....and for the lead girl in the schoolgirl outfit? Never act again. NEVER.
After exiting Oscar season so soon, this is when the playing field is open again. Nobody has any prior notions to movies, and it's a time to enjoy movies for just enjoyment.
Along comes 300.
Gawd...this movie exceeded any expectations that I had before hand. The graphics...don't even get me started. The whole thing is eye candy. Incredible fight scenes that truly top ANYTHING (and I mean ANYTHING) you've ever seen before. Incredible sets, CGi...it's just spectacular to imagine that it's ALL graphics! One of the best parts was the "sky of arrows", and if you haven't seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about.
The music is powerful and definitely helps out in fight scenes. You care for the characters, which is what holds a lot of "epic" war movies down. I liked how they went back and forth from King on the battlefield to the troubles back home. The audience was definitely engaged, and when
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dies...the audience clapped. It was awesome!! The characters are just so real and so well thought out, it's impossible to feel for their fight.
Gerard Butler is incredible. The work (he worked 8 hours a day for 1 year to get in shape) he put into this movie is just phenomenal. I will say there are points that he goes over the top, but in perspective, he's a war hero. He's ALLOWED to go over the top. He has true acting chops to pull off this role, and in my mind, deserves a Oscar nom for this role, then again, it's WAAAAAAAAY to early to say. Lena Headey and Dominic West also give powerful performances.
Overall, this is a film to watch for Oscar season next year, if for nothing else, it's incredible special effects.
Lady in the Water (2006)
I have been a fan of M. Night, ever since the first film I saw of his, SIGNS. After that, I was a HUGE fan...I had to see the others. While SIGNS had always been my favorite, I love how he blended moving stories, with thriller aspects. After the critics bashed the VILLAGE (which I found to be a very well made movie) I wondered if he could recover or not. And here is is answer.
This movie, much like the other ones, is a "theme" movie, that goes deeper than nymphs, ghosts, or creatures in the woods outside. This movie explores "Purpose", a theme we don't hear from much from movies. Paul Giamatti is fantastic and real in this movie, and that's why he is one of my fav actors. He could actually nab a Oscar nomination for this movie. He is INCREDIBLE.
Bryce Dallas Howard is stunning...and while I think she was robbed last year at the Oscars for Village, I think this year, she will miss out on the award. She didn't stand out, because there was not as much depth to her character as their was for Paul.
Shyamalan actually performed a huge part in the movie, and a very moving part. The story was well crafted...and I actually think this may have been Night's most original and daunting task of a story he has written yet. I also think this is one of his best. It's not scary. It's moving. And actually has some comedy in it, which he missed in some of his other movies. In how many thrillers do you see a guy who performs an experiment, and only works out one side of his body, so it becomes 4" more muscular than the other. I love how he brought some many diverse people together: a critic who sees no originality in the world, a crossword puzzle genius, a stumped writer and his comedic sister, an old woman who has a thing with animals, and a man locked away in his solitude. The way they come together is incredible.
One of the best parts of the movie is the music. BY FAR, the BEST music in any of Shyamalan's movies. James Newton Howard has created a masterpiece soundtrack, that's sweeping chorus of angelic voices and swelling violins and cellos will leave you awestruck. And don't believe Shyamalan's lies about there being "no twist". there's about 10 twists...the entire movie will keep you guessing until the very end, which is to say the least, perfect.
People will tell you that the movie isn't worth 6 bucks, I'm sure, because it's not scary. They'll say that your getting gypped. I say you're not getting gypped. I'll say that Night is the one getting gypped. This movie is worth a lot more than 6 bucks.
Donnie Darko (2001)
In our world of constant plot driven movies, this one stands in a league of it's own. The plot is simply complicated (no better way to put it). The music is fantastic. The atmosphere is incredible. And the acting is top notch.
Donnie Darko is based around a boy, Donnie Darko (Gyllenhal), who has illusions of a Bunny, named Frank (who is pretty darn disturbing), who says the world will end in 28 days. The next day, a plane jet engine from nowhere lands in Donnie's room. It is the beginning of the end in an incredible journey of time. The ending will knock your socks off. It's oustanding.
And it's a movie that is a cult classic. 10/10