A gritty, dirty, and intense horror movie with superb acting from… MoreA gritty, dirty, and intense horror movie with superb acting from Leigh Whannel and Cary Elwes as two men chained inside an abandoned bathroom, wondering how they got there and why they are here. This movie gets a lot of bad rep for ceaseless violence and excessive gore, and gets unfairly coupled with "Hostel" because of this. It is definitely violent and not for all, but in terms of how the simple story is given layers and handled meticulously with backstories and flashbacks, you can not deny it is a good idea handled exceptionally well. In my opinion this is one of the better horror films of the 00's, with a twist ending that will knock you out cold. The score is also phenomenal, as it continually amps up the intensity (especially in the final act) to almost unbearable levels. Highly recommended if you like horror films.
A consistently entertaining and funny film concerning a party at James… MoreA consistently entertaining and funny film concerning a party at James Franco's house that goes to Hell after the apocalypse happens, and how Franco and his friends (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride) struggle to survive in its aftermath. The funniest movie since "Superbad" rarely disappoints, even if its story could use a little fleshing out and the ending seems random and stupid, but for the most part this is a hilarious, side-splitting movie that consistently makes you laugh hard. Look out for a coked-out Michael Cera, who steals ever scene he is in. A movie that you will definitely want to watch and re-watch multiple times.
A serviceable if forgettable pre-Bourne film concerning a former CIA… MoreA serviceable if forgettable pre-Bourne film concerning a former CIA agent (Geena Davis) who suffers from amnesia, and how her memory is jarred as to who she is after an attempt is made on her life. While having some horrendously awful dialogue that makes this film undeniable campy (whether this is purposeful or not is hard to determine), it remains a mostly fun ride for the most of it. It's impossible to really call it a good movie since it's really bad in some aspects but ultimately entertaining, which is its overall goal in the end. Davis is solid, as is Samuel L. Jackson as her wingman in trying to dispose of those after her.
A well-constructed fairy tale concerning a robot boy (Haley Joel… MoreA well-constructed fairy tale concerning a robot boy (Haley Joel Osment), the first of his kind, and how he tries to fit in with his adopted family, especially his mother (Frances O'Connor), and how he becomes convinced he won't earn her love until he becomes a "real boy". Although possessing an overabundance of darkness that definitely threatens to drag it down into the pits at times, the wonderful, mystical 2001-esque conclusion, paired with the great performances and realized story, give this film some life that is desperately needs. It is not a great movie, there are some things in the middle of the story that probably could have been cut out, and the acting at the very beginning feels a little contrived, but overall the character of David feels genuine, which is honestly why this film is a success in the end. It could have expanded on it's man vs. machines battle perhaps a little bit, but at the heart of it all this is a fairy tale story about a boy trying to find out what makes him special and unique. Throw in some Spielbergian fantasy and some Kubrick-esque scenes and lighting choices, this movie is a winner.
A sprawling, flawed, but still ultimately successful epic about a… MoreA sprawling, flawed, but still ultimately successful epic about a drifter (Ryan O'Neal) in the 18th century who goes from poverty to riches after serving in the Seven Years' War and coming out a hero after saving his captain's life, and how he marries into wealth and tries to attain the status and respect he feels he deserves. Although there is no justifiable reason for this film to be three hours (the middle hour especially sags considerably), this still remains an important movie due to its overarching themes of wealth and how it affects one's life and perspective, and how ultimately money means nothing and family and relationships are more important and rewarding. O'Neal gives a sensational performance, and while Kubrick has seen better days directing, this movie still wins out in the end due to its ability to drive home an important message with resolute force.
A well-written, nostalgic feeling look on high school through the eyes… MoreA well-written, nostalgic feeling look on high school through the eyes of a freshman (Logan Lerman) battling depression after his best friend commits suicide, and how he finds a new group of friends that show him their problems too, including an attractive girl (Emma Watson) who seems to only date jerks. While definitely cliched in aspects, this movie has an aura of positivity about it despite all the internal sadness that ultimately makes it a winner. Sure, you could probably call some things coming, but the performances all-around, from Lerman, to the phenomenal Watson, as well as Ezra Miller as a gay student, all do a great job capturing the highs and lows of that stage in life. The revealing twist near its conclusion is shocking but extremely well-handled. A solid movie that should make the three leads stars for the future.