The gimmick alone gives this movie a 5, but actual plot, casting and pace are horrible, cliché and downright boring. I was disappointed with a film that paid so much attention to things like using the same actors over a 12-year span would completely ignore casting. The two central characters look NOTHING alike. They honestly try to make you believe they are biological siblings despite having completely different skin-tones, hair color and basic physical features. You will look at them and say: What? These two had a blonde-haired, blue- eyed mom and an Ethan Hawke dad?
The main character mumbles for half the movie and is actually quite depressing. How he scores a gorgeous girlfriend for a couple segments is beyond me...
Watch once, but that's all you'll need.
Beyond all the constant drugs and sex, is a complex main character (Jordan Belford played by Leo) with as many flaws as talents. In the end, it was his innate ability to motivate and sell that brought him to the top, but his demons that brought him down. Isn't this true for anyone? We all have our talents, but we all have our struggles. And no matter how much money and power you have, you can be brought down by your weaknesses. In Belford's case, it was drug-abuse and confused moral compass that ultimately crumbled his empire.
From what I understand, much of what happened in The Wolf of Wall Street stays true to his memoir of the same title. However, it can be debated how much of the details in the memoir actually happened considering how much he was under the influence of powerful drugs during his "peak" years. What cannot be debated is the millions and millions of dollars he and his company, Stratton and Oakmont, swindled form the pockets of naive investors. This story line alone keeps the movie steering forward with details of drugs and sex splashed in mainly for entertainment.
The fight scenes were slow and predictable and contained no serious action or authenticity. But the the downright awful acting takes the cake. Just over-the-top terrible. Unbelievable.
Van Dam doesn't show up until the middle of the film and plays a bad guy...what?
Most interactions off the field are simply laughable. Just wait for the scene when one of the players breaks up with his girlfriend. It's downright silly.
Also, I'm pretty sure the radio announcer for the games was put in post- production, making the play-by-play sound fabricated and hollow.
As I write this, I look up and see one of the players laughing when talking to his mom about a serious situation. Couldn't they just re-shoot the scene? Ridiculous.
Though I thought it was good, I'm not quite sure Terminator lived up to its reputation. I mean, the stop-motion special effects disappointed me and the lack of action in the beginning was a little off-putting. Also, the storyline seemed to stretch a little bit. But I guess that happens when you deal with a time travel in a movie. It takes a little extra concentration to get everything straight.
I did, however, enjoy most of the film. The action scenes were well-choreographed and the tension was high during the Terminators' ruthless massacre. The acting was above average and the dialog was nothing special, but good.
All-in-all, The Terminator wasn't a masterpiece but it was entertaining...and that's all you can ask for I guess. I hear the second installation released in 1991 is much better. And oh yeah, I've since seen Die Hard.
The only thing that annoyed me about this film was how the cops were portrayed. They were either too hard-headed (Chief Johnson played by Paul Gleason), too smart for patrol (Powell), or just plain old dumb (the dispatchers).
A) A completely implausible raunchy comedy aimed at college-aged young adults looking for a few cheap laughs.
B) A satirical exploration of the higher education system in the United States.
Problem is, it tries to be both, and quite frankly, it falls short on both accounts.
First, I couldn't quite stretch my imagination far enough to buy into the idea of a bunch of college outcasts creating a bogus university from scratch. The sheer number of outlandish ideas this film asks you to believe is too vast to delve into. Second, this film is completely one-sided. It's a spit in the face of traditional higher education. Bartelby brings up some stimulating points during his final rah-rah speech in front of the approval board, but that does not change the fact that he committed a serious federal offense (fruad to the enth degree) and thought he could get away with it. And then, he does!!! It gets worse though. The accreditation board then approves the continuation of South Harmon Institute of Technology despite its complete lack of staff, facilities, formal guidance, etc.
And oh yeah, and he gets the girl in the end.
Don't even try to contrast Cheers with Seinfeld. In both sitcoms, nothing ever seems to happen. In Cheers, the jokes and humor are much more in your face while in Seinfeld, the laughs come more constant as the writers appreciate even the seemingly mundane and subtle humor of every day life.
Cheers was too cheesy and predictable for me, but you have to give credit. The show lasted for a long time and housed a pretty talented -- and equally eclectic -- cast. Woody got his start behind the bar and Kirsitie became established. I enjoyed Ted Danson's cool personality, but he was contrasted far too often by over-the-top annoying and ultra-dense characters like Carla (Rhea Perlman) or Coach (Nicholas Colasanto), respectively.
Fun? You got it.
Realistic? Who cares?
At first, I was going to tell you how disappointed with the original Batman, but then I remembered: It's a film based on a fantasy comic. It plays by a different set of rules. Sometimes no scientific explanation is required when it comes to certain plot points. For instance; the Joker's face. What's the deal with that? A botched surgery in a dingy basement? Sure. A chemical reaction? Why not. The point is, it doesn't matter.
I was also going to tell you how disappointed I was with the unrealistic violence, but then I remembered: It's PG-13 and for good reason. What would have been the point of making Batman 'Restricted' when most of the audience was in the 10-15 year-old age range? Sure, Batman appeals to all generations, but in order to bank the maximum amount of money at the box office, a PG-13 rating made the most sense. That means you're going to see plenty of violence, but little to no actual bloodshed. I thought the script and direction did a decent job dancing between the adult/underage audience with the chiefly dark atmosphere but rather tame dialogue and carnage.
The original Batman certainly isn't the best of the series, but it's a decent start and holds its own. The Tim Burton influence is acute and recognizable. The special effects are rather phenomenal for the time period as well. Watching the Batmobile's shield activate is quite astounding. It's hard to believe that effect was accomplished in such a crisp manner in 1989.
And boy am I glad I did.
After watching it a second time, I was able to appreciate the indirect and intelligent humor I apparently missed the first time around. It's just that type of film. You're not going to get bombarded with too much over-the-top antics or gross out jokes (though there are some). No, the true nature of this film lies within the subtleties of the seemingly mundane conversations, especially between Jason Bateman (Joel) and Ben Affleck's (Dean) characters. The contrast between the two is almost sublime. Joel is an uptight, sexually frustrated business owner while Dean is a laid-back, petty drug-dealing bar tender. The two are best friends and interact a level that made me chuckle the whole time.
The plot starts rolling when Dean convinces Joel to send a male prostitute to his house and see if his wife -- played by the hilarious Kristen Wiig -- will cheat on him. This, in Dean's rationalization, would then grant Joel the freedom to pursue a hot new temp worker named Cindy (played by the flawless Mila Kunis).
If only it was that simple...
Overall, I this is a very funny movie, but I'll concede it may not be for everyone. At the very least, give it a second chance and see what you think.
Here is what I saw in a five minute sequence: A deadly assassin enters a gentleman's club and starts ruthlessly murdering everyone in the joint with gross and bloody results. His weapon of choice: A shotgun. Nude strippers are picked off left and right as limbs and body matter spray all over the club. In one part, he looks down at a stripper begging for her life only to blow her away with little regard. In another instance, a dead man is used as a human shield while another guy gets his entire arm blow off. Nothing is left to the imagination. In one case, slow motion is used just to accentuate the brutality of the killing.
One of the most interesting portions of the program was when Jalen Rose (executive producer) called black players that attended Duke "Uncle Toms," yet his running mate for two years, Chris Webber, considered Duke and even took an official visit to the campus. For some reason this contradiction was never exposed during the interview process. Despite this vexing omission, I thought the remainder of the dialogue was done quite well. The honesty from the players, especially when describing their thoughts on Christian Laettner, was candid, and if anything else, entertaining.
The final "Chapter" of this film explored the controversial relationship Rose and Webber had with a Detroit millionaire (his name escapes me at the moment). According to several sources, Webber and Rose were given monetary "gifts" from this man while in college. Under oath, Rose -- who apparently received far less cash than Webber -- admitted to his transgressions and has moved on from the incident. Webber, though, denied taking the $200,000 in question and was later charged with perjury and sentenced to hundreds of hours of community to service.
To this day, his stance hasn't changed on the matter and the Final Four banners from his two seasons in Ann Arbor remain rolled up in a dusty library basement.
SIDE NOTE: Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose and Jimmy King were national top 15 recruits as seniors. Ray Jackson was Texas' top prep and ranked 48th. Even top-tier programs like Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State rarely attract more than two top 20 recruits in a given class.
Zombieland is much less a horror movie and much more a comedy. Sure, there are plenty of splatter moments to keep the gore geeks happy, but there are extended portions of the film that have nothing to do with killing zombies and much more to do with how humans may interact if indeed there was such a grim apocalypse.
I highly recommend this picture to anyone who enjoys a good laugh and isn't afraid of a little over-the-top gore.
For years I thought Dinosaurs was strictly a program for small children, but boy was I wrong. I mean, the producers had no trouble attacking such adult issues as drug abuse straight on.
It was entertaining, bizarre, interesting and cheesy all rolled up into a delightful 22 minute package. I look forward to catching more episodes online.
I also watched a behind the scenes look at how the program was made. Controlling the animatronic faces of the characters, while balancing the lines, directions and heavy suits is nothing less than astounding. Apparently the exact method was used to manipulate the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's really very complicated stuff.
The movie really takes off as soon as the pair rolls out of the airport parking lot. It would be too easy to give everything away, so I'm going to keep my description of what happens as "vaguely detailed" as possible.
With Ethan clutching the ashes of his recently deceased father, the pair catches themselves in a number of precarious, yet equally hilarious, circumstances. Not only do they get beat up by a paraplegic employee at a Quick Cash station, but they also find themselves in a serious car accident, apprehended by border authorities and baked out of their minds on potent marijuana. And that's just the half of it.
However, it's not the physical comedy that I enjoyed as much. The genuine dialogue between the two divergent characters was outstanding. The duo couldn't have been more opposite, yet mixed so well together. Robert Downey. Jr. was spot on in his role as the angry, up-tight, sarcastic cynic while Zach Galfianakis was superb as the innocent, slightly slow eccentric. The conversations they have while doped-up are simply epic. It was also extremely ironic that Downey, Jr. played the role of a character that "had never done a drug" in his life.
Point of advice: Before watching Due Date, throw all practicality out the window. This is a wild comedy...not a realistic melodrama. Though there was a few small sections of the film I could have done without, Due Date isn't one constant dirty joke simply waiting for a set up. No, there is a concrete plot line and verisimilitude within the dialogue.
Emma Stone is very talented as she plays the role of a chronically sarcastic teen who unintentionally initiates a rumor that she lost her "V-Card" to a community college student. Stone's character Olive has no other choice but to embrace her new reputation. Predictably, things slowly begin to snow ball and soon she is accepting payments from classmates to start rumors that they also had sex with her. And, of course, she falls in love with the hottest guy in the school. They kiss. The End. In the middle, she loses her best friend, befriends her enemy, de-friends her enemy and gets involved in a STD scandal involving her favorite teacher and the guidance counselor.
In the beginning, Olive declares that this isn't your typical "lost teen finds her way story (or something like)," but in reality, it is. No, the script doesn't play out like most teen movies, which is probably why it's rated so high on IMBb. The problem is; it ended like most teen movies. The anonymous main character -- who always seems to be as beautiful as anyone else in the gigantic high school -- suffers through trials and tribulations, learns a few harsh lessons along the way, and yes, gets the guy in the end.
Easy A initially contained enough foul language to receive an "R" rating, but apparently was cut down to appease the target audience (see Trivia), and you can tell. I guess I don't watch many movies from this genre anymore, but Easy A was pretty vulgar for PG-13. I mean, the film's predominant theme is underage sex...and inappropriate teacher-student relationships...and underage drinking...and religion.
Although it starts a tad slow, Coyote really heats up in the final 40 minutes or so, bringing everything together in divine detail. This film needed to be carried by the storyline and plot movement because the acting honestly wasn't all that great, but competent. Outside of his drunken tirade on the beach, Brian Peterson's performance as Steve stood out as the strongest. He was actually really funny in some parts.
This film certainly has an "independent" vibe to it, but that doesn't mean it's amateur. The lighting was sometimes a little off, but overall, the camera work was strong, and in some scenes, very strong. I would certainly recommend this picture to anyone who is interested in seeing something outside of the Hollywood box.
I missed the opening 20 minutes or so, but basically a couple guys decide to enter the business of human smuggling. Everything starts harmless enough as the pair transports dozens of Mexicans to the United States with relative ease. But things begin to erode little by little. When J. (played by Brett Spackman) is stopped at the border and the authorities find the compartment in which he has been smuggling humans with. Needless to say, that portion of the operation in immediately shut down. Their next option is to herd and transport via foot, which only gets them into a whole new set of dire circumstances. I won't give anything away, but like I said, the film's final act really takes off.
The battery life on your cell phone becomes your lifeline. If it runs out, you're done. Every conversation with the outside world is essential to your survival as you race against time. Even though you're rushed, you have to maintain your composure in order to enhance your chance of being freed. You can't spend too much time on the phone, but you can't spend too little. Information is the vital. Who do you call? What should you say? Should I just end it all with this razor sharp pocket knife?
There's always a chance they're going to find you, or at least that's what they're telling you over the phone. You have a family. Hold onto the prospect of seeing them again and keep fighting.
This grim, claustrophobic atmosphere is achieved by a combination of powerful acting and effective lighting and camera angles. Ryan Reynolds reacts to his dyer circumstance with a gamut of emotions that can truly be appreciated by the viewer. Anger, resentment, sorrow, frustration and fear take over his body. Though pushed to the very precipice of his breaking point, he never gives up, even though it would have been so easy.
Living, he did not seem to understand the concrete balance between animal, nature and the superficial human world. He did not seem to grasp the notion that the gigantic brown bears he was "befriending" were not his friends at all. They were dangerous wild animals that needed to be treated with the utmost respect. No, Timothy treaded into their world and paid the ultimate price. He convinced himself that he was invincible living with these magnificent creatures, but as we all found out, he was not.
As for the film, it was downright brilliant. The editing must have taken months considering Treadwell generated almost 100 hours of footage. Then, to fuse it into a 103 minute production is astounding. Werner Herzog should be commended for his work on this chilling production.
Warning to parents: Timothy's archive footage features constant course language and extremely vulgar statements. Other than that, it would be more than suitable for anyone age 12 and up.
First, I love Steve Carrell, so keep that in mind as I review this title. Second, I usually enjoy re-makes, especially comedies.
Even though there were some serious themes and events, this movie was by no means plot driven. No, this movie was given life by well-timed humor. This isn't always a good thing, though, as you are bound to run into people who simply don't find the dialogue and characters funny. As I stated before, I find essentially all of Steve Carrell's work hilarious, so that helped get me through some of the bizarre portions of the film. I think there was a distinct limit as to how good this movie was going to be, and I believe they almost reached that maximum. Problem is, the writing tried to please too many types of people. There was just too many different types of humor and no underlining theme.
Those are the first three words that came to my head after watching this truly amateur production.
Shocking because this "film" was actually released to the general public and available in video stores around the nation.
Bizarre because of the storyline. A person kills his family and himself and then comes back from his grave 13 years later to exact revenge. On who? Himself? His dead family? His dead self? Nonsense because of the completely random dialogue and scenes. Why does the movie start at a random party and then jump to some dance completion at Morgan State University? Please don't try to answer that question.
Nonsense because there are four grammatical errors in the opening sequence explaining the events of the movie.
Nonsense because after one scene you can actually hear the director clearly say "cut." Nonsense because you cannot understand what the characters are saying unless they are three feet from the camera. And when you can hear them clearly, which is only about 24 percent of the time, its all Ebonics and curse words.
Think of the worst movie you have ever seen. Think Plan Nine from Outer Space. And then lower your standards. That's how horrible this movie is. It's in a completely alternate stratosphere than even the lowest F-grade movies you've seen. This picture honestly looks like a high school cinema class production that drags on for 70 minutes and I say that with 100 percent seriousness.
It deserves 0/10, but that's not possible, so I'm forced to give it 1/10. I am literally going to go back and change every movie I ever gave 1/10 and give it an extra star or two simply because even those awful pictures are 10 times better than this garbage.