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Wave Twisters (2001)
Very tight but also very crazy!
I give this flick a 10 for the tight DJ mixing skills from DJ god Qbert and his crew. As for the film I gave it an 8 because however it is visually awesome except everything is exploding wildly on the screen and it's totally crazy to watch. I like how the animation goes perfectly with the songs so that's another plus. However I only viewed this DVD a few times and gave up because I only like it for the beats. Again, too much stuff exploding in your face, it's like watching fireworks all day long and it'll make your eyes go haywire. Watching it is just hypnotic, like looking at a nonstop spinning swirl, and it'll make your eyes go crazy!
Final Destination 2 (2003)
mood just went from freakish scary to plain silly
The script is basically non-existent, since most of the movie is less chitchat and more freakish hellish fatal death accidents one after another just like in the Friday the 13th films except here it's not a physical being but an invisible stalker/killer called death. On video, the whole point is to watch the gruesome grisly horrible scenes, and skip/avoid the nonsense talk about death's plan that the characters discuss exhaustingly throughout the movie, which is just plain silly and dull. I repeated and slow-motioned every silly death scene just to see which one's actually looked real, which some looked downright convincing and all with the computer special effects but of course some didn't, like the glass scene. I know this is simply a movie but come on, fake or not, can a plate glass actually pancake a human being into tomato sauce? That scene should have been cut immediately or at least find a more realistic approach like use a concrete cinder block. They had some good ideas this time around, but most of the stuff is just over the top movie fun, for it's not enough to shock the crap out of anyone unlike the first movie for example with the airplane scene, the best scene in the entire movie. 6/10
Killer face and body goes far but gives up...
Totally predictable plot with no point in seeing other than for the obvious, the beautiful Angelina Jolie. The movie still lives up to the original video game in being just as boring, long, and a waste of time. In the end when Lara decides its not worth it, it makes you wonder then what in the world was the point? I guess when you're filthy rich like Lara and you've got everything, what else is there to do besides hunting for lost relics? I understand that the Pandora's box is claimed to be catastrophic, and Lara even said the box was "more powerful than we ever imagined." But if you know something is harmful, then why approach, just leave it alone! Like I said, exactly like the game, you spend hours trying to reach a goal and when you do, nothing happens, you just move on, all that hard work for nothing!
From Justin to Kelly (2003)
As Homer Simpson would say, "Boring!"
People don't have no respect for all movies, just this one. Why? Well let's look at other recording artists who also tried at acting but failed miserably: Hmmm, there's Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Madonna, just to name a few. And these are real singers, popular ones who worked their way up, unlike "American Idol" unknowns who were given fame.
Face it, some people are known for being good something, but also like to think they are good at another, and that's when complications erupt and they end up embarrassed. Advice, it's nice to sample other hobbies, but stay with what you do best. As for this movie, for those who honestly think it's good, then good for you and whatever makes you happy.
But for me, I don't believe that just because someone can sing a song, think they can also become actors overnight and fool people into thinking they're multi-talented, well reality check, it's not going to happen. I don't blame the actors actually, I know they'd take a laundry commercial or any other extra 5 minutes of fame to help their career take flight. For this pitiful film, it's the script, the director, writers, and anyone involved with no common sense who even considered the idea that this movie would actually sell. They were of course completely bonkers.
As Homer Simpson would probably say, You couldn't fool us on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine!
Summer movies need more action than mindless blabbering!
This summer flick gives the viewers a taste of block-buster action and delivers it successfully. I'm sure it'll be a huge hit at the box office since people want excitement, unlike Matrix Reloaded or The Hulk, huge disappointments showcasing only 30 minutes of action and 2 hours of boring chit chat. Most don't want a summer thinking flick, (that's what books are for), instead viewers want to be blown away nonstop(Leave that up to Terminator 3). But Charlie's Angels without a doubt comes at you just like the title reads, a full throttle adrenaline rush that'll keep your eyes glued to the screen wanting more. I enjoyed this movie a whole lot. A fun movie for all, though some scenes may seem inappropriate for young ones. *** out of ****.
More TALK than SMASH!
As a Hulk fan, I expected The Hulk to be on par like the rest of the recent super-hero action flicks one example "DareDevil" but came up a little short as far as timing. I understand they had to explain the story of Hulk but the beginning started out a drag and lasted all the way until finally in the middle of the movie where the comic book action at last kicked into gear. Just like the first "X-men" movie where they had to explain the existence for a handful of characters but in the Hulk this is one man for crying out loud, get to the action already! For the CGI, the Hulk does indeed look convincingly real. I'm glad they decided to go with this perspective rather than try to fit some pro-wrestler into a muscle suit or use green body paint, phew what a disaster that would've been. The action was just like I expected, right out of the comic book, very Hulk-like intensity, Hulk breaking and smashing things to pummeling evil villains to bits. The movie itself reads just like a comic book, showing dream sequences to split-screens to the dramatic positioning of the characters. I give applaud to Ang Lee and the crew for doing their homework. Like I said before, the only thing I hated was waiting for the Hulk to come alive, and it took way too long. Hopefully the sequel will be more exciting with a super evil villain for Hulk to play with. I'm a huge Hulk fan and I know this is just the start but overall 6/10.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
A flat out laugh riot!
Just got this on DVD and I enjoy every minute of this mad, mad, mad, mad, comedy! I don't have to explain what my thoughts are, all I know is if you never saw this flick then hurry and pick it up because you're in for a wide open mouth tear jerker. Some people didn't find this classic funny, I don't know why, I guess they must be snobs. Another classic that is also blast is "What's Up Doc?" which I can't wait another second to come out on DVD. I give "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" *** 1/2 out of ****.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Smokes the original by a mile
This sequel is such a huge improvement that you need not have to see the original anymore, or if you didn't see it the first time, don't have to at all. I was expecting this film to be like the original all over again with boring dialogue, dull acting, and different action sequences. But I was quite surprised to discover that this movie was not bad at all, it was I would say, on the level of pretty okay and good. If you have an open mind and view then you will no doubt enjoy this and even laugh at the jokes in the movie. The acting not as stale but the jokes and action make up for it. The peculiar lifestyle within the film comes as expected like a 2 hour eye-candy car show event which still remains silly and outrageous, but hey it's just a movie. I was blown away with some of the intense race action scenes, combined with computer generated sequence for added realism seem believable and convincing. The first action scene I would say is the most exciting. As for the cars, disappointed that they should've used the Nissan Skyline throughout the entire film as the showcase vehicle other than the Mitsubishi. Also shocked that even faster intimidating sports cars weren't displayed to their full potential. Unlike the first film where it was actual 1/4mile street racing, this time around competition is tested in a closed off location, and not in straight-line fashion but circuit racing, reaching a destination point and back. The plot and story both somewhat believable since now we are able to deal with a major player bad guy. And the reason, a major product that let's just say is worth more than a truck-load of stolen DVD players, :D. Overall worth watching to see just the cars. 7/10
Mad Max 2 (1981)
One of the greatest action flick of all time
Funny how oil would be the single most important source of survival in the movie and in the world today we are at war with foreign countries over the precious natural resource, you guessed it, oil. This movie practically invented "action-packed." It's so insane and awesome that it should have its own category titled "pure apocalyptic mayhem action." The first movie was just as good and intense at the same time felt peaceful since it was normal before the world went into total melt-down. Now in the aftermath sequel, we've got road rage psychos running amuck in search of the juice, the only means of survival. You've got the hero Max plus a small colony of oil-producing scavengers battling a muscle-bound Jason-look-alike leader and his army of evil nomads with a deranged mow-hawk renegade on the side. This movie easily has one of the best, if not, the most incredible vehicle chase scene ever. The first movie that I know of to ever use a supercharger(though I've heard otherwise it was a prop) and nitrous oxide. The only thing that made me sad was when Max loses control of his car and...you know what happens, a very sad scene indeed. Overall, bloody, violent, explosive, words cannot describe such insanity. Vehicles crashing and smashing, it's totally bonkers!
I give it 5/5
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse not for another 3 1/2hrs...
I've never been in a war but I can understand what it's like for a soldier or anyone when traveling to an unusual world, unprepared of what lies ahead. Like a wild rollercoaster, at times the ride will be calm, then all of a sudden scary, then calm again, and so forth. Maybe that explains why audiences are forced to watch a 3 1/2hr film, because they want the viewers to go completely bonkers just like the characters in the movie who are at war. I realize that this movie has nothing to do with the Vietnam war, that the war is simply a backdrop to the madness within ourselves.
I didn't really care for this film because it's too long, long dialogue, and most of the time drags. 6/10
No time to sit and think, time to kick A!
When I want mindless, explosive, bloody insane action, I turn to Commando. Never a dull moment, adrenaline pumping non-stop action from start to finish. Classic fight sequence at the end when Schwarzenegger and Wells(The Road Warrior) square off in a boiler room. Best part when Arnold gears up like a one man army ready to destroy everything in sight, very awesome! 9/10
Street Fighter (1994)
2nd to Super Mario Bros. for biggest game to movie flop
I would've called this the biggest videogame to movie flop ever but I realized Super Mario Bros. holds the crown so in 2nd place we have Street Fighter. What can I say about this awful movie? well I just said it, it's awful, it's stupid, it's humiliating to anyone who's familiar with Capcom's Street Fighter series. It's so dumb yet it's so funny at the same time because you want to laugh at the horribly written script which has absolutely nothing to do with the game. I guess everyone involved figured they could pull a fast one but afraid not, they fooled themselves big time. Very dumb, skip, or watch just to laugh at the humiliation. 1/10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Like totally awesome movie dude!
It's pretty silly that there are giant mutated turtles living with a giant rat in the sewers of Manhattan, who not only talk, but also eat pizza and practice martial arts. But that's what's great about this movie, it's totally bonkers! And I'm glad the directors and writers stayed true to the story by not changing much of the concept except for Splinter who was a human actually not a rat but then again it's all in silly fun.
I'm still amazed and blown away by the creation of the turtles thanks to the late great Jim Henson and his Creature Shop. I only wish they'd be used in films today than the unconvincing fraud of CGI.
About the actors, mostly all of them were somewhat close to what I had expected. Casey Jones played by Elias Koteas I felt played a decent role but was too much of a nice guy in the film and could've used a little more brawn and aggression. I like how they portrayed Shredder, a coward in the cartoon but in the film an intimidating skilled warrior who means business.
The ending is the best when the turtles confront Shredder. Awesome action, good script, overall I rate it a Cowabunga 9/10!
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Mario runs and falls into evil movie pit! Game Over
One of the most popular and memorable series in video-game history. Except they took a fun challenging game and turned it into a full-length torture film. Why? Well let's say the Super Mario Bros. game never existed, would people still understand the concept behind the movie? Flying plumbers? A Princess? Dinosaurs? Huh? No of course not, they'd be saying this movie sucks! Maybe the directors and writers didn't work with Miyamoto(Mario creator) enough or didn't connect or who knows? For all know, Miyamoto himself should've been the writer or at least one of the directors helping out. I'm glad they didn't make a sequel once they realized it was a bomb. Game over. 2 out of 10
An okay start, hopefully sequel will liven things up
I was satisfied when I saw X-men, I was expecting more but was satisfied with this first live action film. Just for once I wish they would just say to hell with it and make it a rated R flick like it should be. Why because most of the time PG-13 action can get rather boring. For example, when Wolverine fought Mystique(the longest fight in the entire movie), it didn't have that impact as in the comics but the sequences appeared rather slow and dull. It's disappointing of how they misrepresented Wolverine who in the comic long before he even met the X-men was a warrior and assassin but in the movie as a weak untrained fool. The movie started out pretty interesting then it dragged, and the ending wasn't that great either. I think they should've stuck to the original comic team of Cyclops, Beast, Archangel, Jean Grey, Iceman, and Wolverine. Better to have the original instead of nitpicking and trying to fit in characters who don't even belong in the same place and era like for example Rogue who happens to look like a teenager! Also Sir Ian M. is a little too old to be playing Magneto. I just hope the sequel will be a major step up with longer more intense fight sequences and less boring chit chat. 6 out of 10.
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980)
The biggest scam ever in the history of movies
Caution, never buy a movie as cheap as $5.99 or else you're going to be scammed! I saw this movie sitting in a bin with other rediculous B-Movie genres but what caught my attention obviously was Bruce Lee. I read the commentary, it didn't explain much about Bruce except only about some martial arts event in New York's Madison Square Garden? At first I was confused, was this an actual event where Bruce appeared, it sounded like it did. Plus the movie mentions real live clips of Bruce in action. Bruce in action at Madison Square Garden? I've never seen this before ever, this I got to see! This sounded too good to be true, and sadly I was devastatingly fooled. I watched this movie(actually with DVD I breezed through in minutes) and to my surprise no Bruce, no real footage, nada, nothing. The film, according to my martial arts knowledge, contains a bunch of has beens, never was, or complete unknown practitioners and fighters. Without a doubt the biggest crock film ever in an attempt to profit off of Lee and whoever put this garbage together should be locked up!
The way a comic book flick should be made
I didn't see this movie until it appeared on television because I was doubtful about comic flicks. Ever since the "Batman" series, "Spawn," "Judge Dredd," and many other pitiful p.g.-13 bombs, I dodged everything at all cost. I would question in my mind, "why can't someone make a movie that is rated R and stays true to the story, how difficult is that?" And finally my prayers have been answered with Blade. This movie pops right out of the pages onto the screen with sheer violence, blood, martial arts, weapons, fire, the good against evil, etc. Yeah sure a lot of action flicks contain all these goodies, and most of them have bombed. But not Blade, the movie was filmed just right, not going overboard, delivering a good length and never a dull moment. Blade II is cool, but not as cool as the first. Blade is indeed one of the best real comic flicks I've seen in a long time.
Blade II (2002)
7/10. Original is always better
I saw the sequel on DVD while I was staying in a hospital. I couldn't sit through the whole movie cause I was ill and the movie made things worse, not a movie to watch while in pain. This has got to be the darkest, goriest, bloodiest, comic book action flick by far. Just looking at the reapers freak the hell out of me. The sword fight in the beginning should not be missed, but thats pretty much my favorite part of the movie. I wanted to see the fearless hunter "Snowman" played by D.Y., perform some really awesome moves except because there's too many damn people in the pack which means 5 minute scenes each. Bummer. I like the original cause it was Blade versus all, while the sequel was just a bunch of people taking turns scene after scene. What's also funny, once they discover U.V. lights can kill reapers, why don't they just wear lights all over their bodies? Why waste ammo and getting kicked around when all you need is Energizer?