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Again, Michael Mann proves he is a master film maker.
Michael Mann films can't really be described; they have to be experienced so I will skip that part. Just let me say that Michael Mann is a great director and this a great film.
Tom Cruise is excellent and of course even better with the help from Mr. Mann. Jamie Foxx is really great. This is the best performance of his career so far. I'm sure we'll be seeing many great things from him in the future.
As with every Michael Mann film he seems to have the ability to project the characters thoughts from the screen to the audience with music, atmosphere, and without a word of dialogue.
I gave this film 10 out of 10 and recommend it over any summer blockbuster garbage that would otherwise be a waste of money.
This movie steals from The Sixth Sense, What Lies Beneath, The Ring and Dragonfly yet I really enjoyed it despite its unoriginality. The plot moved along at a great pace and the actors did a really good job in the parts they played. Particularly Penelope Cruz. I gave it an 8 out of 10 on Imdb. An 8 for me is a good popcorn movie with a little extra kick.
Old School (2003)
This movie sucked so bad!
I think a couple of stoned guys got together and decided to film a movie with no plot and no humor. Will Ferrell, who is usually so funny, was completely wasted with stupid pet tricks. Luke Wilson was ok, but his character didn't make sense. Vince Vaughn was the only one who was remotely funny. The only thing that was truly great in the movie was the shot of Elisha Cuthbert's rear end when she was lying on the bed. Other than that I feel robbed of valuable time that I could have spent filling ice trays or organizing my sock drawer. Anything would have been more enjoyable than sitting through this movie.
I'm not sure how this film could have gone so wrong but it did. All the power and heart of the first film (The Fellowship of the Ring) is completely gone. It's like Peter Jackson took a few weeks off while George Lucas and Steven Spielberg came in and took over direction for him. These two directors can be good and even excellent at times but have the habit of pleasing the masses too much. The great thing about The Fellowship was that it was original and not full of Hollywood clichés. With The Two Towers Peter Jackson seemed hell bent on filling it with nothing but Hollywood clichés and wiping away the integrity of The Fellowship.
The only thing interesting in this film were the trees that walked and talked, but even they got a little tiresome especially since one of them had R2-D2 and C3-PO (Yes, I'm aware that's not their names. It's sarcasm - see George Lucas reference above.) in it's branches for a majority of the film.
This film was a real disappointment, but I have hope that the Return of the King will be better. A part of me hopes Return is just as bad because if it's good then when it comes time to buy the movies I'll be left without a middle. If Return is bad then I can just buy The Fellowship and just use my imagination to fill in the rest.
"Judge me by my size, do you?"
In May of 1983 I was 13 years old when I went to the movies and saw "Return of the Jedi." Months before after hearing that it would be arriving soon my friends and I had lengthy discussions on possible plot points and certain things that we wanted to see. Two things we all agreed that we wanted was action scenes with Boba Fett and a lightsaber duel featuring Yoda. We never expected the duel with Yoda. That was a dreamers dream, but we did expect Boba Fett. When neither of these things came to light in the film I must say I was disappointed. However, I did not turn my back on the saga. I still loved the movie and didn't harp on the disappointments. I merely packed my dreams in the vault of my mind and moved on.
On May 16, 2002 that vault was opened with the release of `Attack of the Clones.' Both of my friends' dreams and mine came true. Jango Fett who is Boba Fett (or Boba Fett who is Jango Fett - see the movie and you will understand) provided action and a face to this mysterious person who has captured all of our imaginations. Most important of all Yoda drew his lightsaber and showed us why he is the best of the best. These two things alone were enough to make me love this movie, but then there was more. So much more. Plot connections to the other movies, romance, action and characters that made me reconnect to a universe that I loved and cherished as a boy.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who went to see all of the Episodes the same way that I did. With the eyes and the heart of a child. I feel that if you are there for the special effects you will not be disappointed, but you will miss out on the magic. The magic of imagination and wonder. The magic that is Star Wars.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
This movie has a bad rap!!
This movie is always getting a bad rap, even by the guy, Joss Whedon, who wrote it. I loved this movie. It was funny and the fight scenes were really cool.
I find myself often at the opposition of others when it comes to movies. For example I loved "Bonfire of the Vanities" and hated the remake of "Cape Fear." I loved the "Cable Guy" and hated "There's Something About Mary." Now some would say that I have bad taste when it comes to movies, but I say instead that I am not a sheep and don't respond to fart jokes.
So I beg you. Please don't listen to other people. Rent "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and if you've got a heart and a ironic sense of humor you won't be disappointed.
One Of The Greatest TV Shows Ever
This was one of my all time favorite TV shows and I never understood why they took it off the air. It has been seventeen years since Chad Lowe played the lead and I have missed his character and the show ever since. I remember the best part of the show was at the end when Spencer would get on the loud speaker at his school and say something like, "All Students having a bad day can go home." And of course everyone would file out of the school. It was classic and so was the show.