Although it has a very solid premise and material that can make a… MoreAlthough it has a very solid premise and material that can make a great film, "How I Live Now" suffers greatly from a very sloppy second and third act which makes the film boring to watch, and disappointing after the terrific build-up. In the middle of war, a family is forced apart to survive on their own with families, although we never really see the rest of them. As we follow the two girls of the family, trying to find their way home and developing new lifestyles, they encounter greater threats and come to horrifying realizations. "How I Live Now" is shot beautifully, scripted well, and well edited, but it just suffers greatly from the writing. I am disappointed to say that it's just another average film.
"The Polar Express" offers incredible visuals and literally takes you… More"The Polar Express" offers incredible visuals and literally takes you on a roller coaster ride to the North Pole on an unforgettable journey that kids of all ages will love. Tom Hanks lends his voice to many characters for a symbolic reason that only adults will be able to understand, but for kids, the magic will still surround this film for them. This is a very fun journey that follows a kid as he believes more and more that the magic of Christmas really does exist. The dialogue is funny and heartfelt, the animation is gorgeous, and the characters are very charming to watch. I can watch this film over and over again, it just gives me a very warm feeling inside. "The Polar Express" releases my inner child every time! Even though it has a few slow moments, it's a great holiday film!
While it still takes elements from Disney classics in the past (which… MoreWhile it still takes elements from Disney classics in the past (which is almost impossible not to do these days), "Frozen" is a new gem from Disney Studios that I will remember for a long time. The story follows Anna into a frozen paradise where she meets new friends along the way to stop her sister from a power that is destroying the city and her sister. Filled with hilarious gags throughout, a very heartfelt story that both families and kids alike will come to love, this is the best animated film of 2013 hands down. It has beautiful animation, which deserves a nod right off the bat. The voice cast is perfect, because most of them were new actors and actresses, which did not distract me from thinking about too hard. Disney really knew how to grab the audience with this film and I was definitely moved by the end. It may have a few predictable moments, but for the type of film that it is, it's forgivable. "Frozen" is fantastic!
From solid storytelling to Movie Magic, "The Hunger Games: Catching… MoreFrom solid storytelling to Movie Magic, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" surpasses every standard set by it's predecessor and keeps you engaged the entire time. With more character development and a much sharper script, this sequel feels like "The Empire Strikes Back" of this series. This time the winning tributes from the past years are forced back into battle with each other and they must form allies to survive. This time they are in control of the entire setting of the games and try their hardest to decide to lives and who dies. Staying away from the shaky cam like the first had, and getting much better direction on board, the crew does a much better job here and the actors look more alive than ever. I have to say that I loved every second of my experience with this film, even though a few technical aspects were pretty distracting. The second instalment in "The Hunger Games" franchise is terrific!
"The Hunger Games" does everything right that the "Twilight Saga" did… More"The Hunger Games" does everything right that the "Twilight Saga" did wrong. It invests you in the characters, makes you feel emotion for every tribute who is on the "good" side, and creates an atmosphere unlike anything you have ever seen. As Katniss's younger sister Primrose is chosen as tribute to compete in the 74th annual Hunger Games, she will not have it. She volunteers herself to compete. The Hunger Games are a battle to the death. 12 districts across the world compete. It is a televised event that happens out of pure chance. Many of the contenders have been trained, while Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is forced to rely on her hunting knowledge and coaching instructions. As she meets Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), her feelings for the game change, when she finds out that he is in love with her. 24 contestants are forced into battle, only one comes out alive. In this borderline PG-13 flick, the gore is as high as it needs to be, the acting is brilliant by the entire cast, especially Jennifer Lawrence, who pulls off a powerhouse portrayal of Katniss. Emotion runs on high throughout this film and I was on the edge of my seat the entire way through. This is one of the best films of 2012 so far; Of course, there were a few minor faults. The shaky camera felt a little off when you try to focus on the action, the chemistry between Katniss and Gale was a bit rushed, and the conclusion of the film leaves you with so many questions. I have no idea how I am possibly going to wait two years for "Catching Fire," but I know I will be watching "The Hunger Games" multiple times. It is everything a book adaptation should be. "The Hunger Games" is triumphant!
If "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" had a baby, this would be the… MoreIf "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" had a baby, this would be the miracle that they birthed. "Ender's Game" is in no way a classic that those films are, nor will it ever become one, but it is a blast to watch and it has very loveable characters. With a unique sci-fi twist of a story, a group of kids are brought into space to be trained in a school to fight in the galactic war. One student, Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), has a brain that is far superior than the others which is why he constantly get's promoted. This film is much more fun than it should be. With high tech gadgets that are actually believable, a story that will please audiences of all ages, a cast that works great together, and a great twist that will really make you re-think reality, "Ender's Game" is one of the better popcorn flicks of 2013. It's nowhere near a great film, but it's too damn fun to pass up. Highly recommend "Ender's Game," especially to those who were sceptical, because the movie offers much more than you see. Well worth the ticket price!
The second instalment (or eighth including the rest of the marvel… MoreThe second instalment (or eighth including the rest of the marvel films) in the Marvel Phase 2 films is keeping ball rolling very well, with a very well told story and much improved action. The plot may have been a bit convoluted at times, not really knowing where to go next or how to make you feel, but "Thor: The Dark World" boasts on every technical level possible. As a story involving Elves and 9 realms that helm transporters to other worlds is uncovered from the past, Earth must face an impossible fight yet again. The cast works tremendously together and the casting director should be very proud of themselves. It may not be the best film in the Marvel Universe, but it definitely opens up many more story options and I couldn't be happier to keep going. This was a great superhero film from start to finish. After the standards set by the first Thor film that were not very high, this film (in my opinion) meets those and kinds of surpasses them at times. I was pleasantly surprised with this film!
THOR is entertaining as all hell, and Chris Hemsworth really brings a… MoreTHOR is entertaining as all hell, and Chris Hemsworth really brings a likeable personality to his character. This film has the perfect run time needed and the visuals were stunning, and although the action was awesome, is was a bit unbalanced. There is an opening action scene that is far too big to just be an introduction to the mighty character, because after that sequence, all you want is more of that, which you never get, but small sprinkles of action throughout the film. That being said, the summer movie season is off to a fantastic start. THOR has been banished to earth, and I couldn't imagine a better time the movies than watching someone learn what everything is while I also watch a superhero find his powers. In short, I highly recommend this summer popcorn flick to all superhero fans. I went it clueless about the THOR character, but I came out with my mind in Asguard! This thunderous movie is a great kick-off for the summer movie season. Although the action lags a bit, and Kat Dennings is annoying as hell, the story is fantastic, the visuals are amazing, the characters are likeable, it's funny, and it is a must see. THOR DELIVERS
With some visually impressive images for it's time, and being one of… MoreWith some visually impressive images for it's time, and being one of the first films to have a boarded up home, fighting zombies away, "Night of the Living Dead," to me, was the spark of the genre. So many good films have come from this genre, and even dating all the way back to this picture, it's terrific entertainment. Although it becomes a tad slow at times, it still manages to hold your attention well and send chills down your spine with it's practical effects. The acting is solid for it's time and the story is well played out, but the most commendable thing about this film is it's direction. George A. Romero truly knows how to handle his actors, and each zombie does not feel out of place. All around, it's a great film, albeit simple. "Night of the Living Dead" sets a bright future for this filmmaker!
While not as good as some of the other "Jackass" films, "Jackass… MoreWhile not as good as some of the other "Jackass" films, "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" has the most heart out of the series, which is odd to say, but it works in it's own right. Capturing real-life reactions and real life emotions, this film displays numerous times that people really do care about others, and that child abuse is a terrible thing. I think that was the best part about this movie. It is much more tame this time around, but that does not take away from the amount of laughs you will have. It may not be the gut-busting film you hoped for, but Johnny Knoxville knows how to tell a good story, and oddly enough, this "Jackass" film really does tell a decent story. It's touching, raunchy, and hilarious all at the same time. It works very well on it's own. Definitely recommended for fans and none fans alike. Although this film is well-made for what it is, it still doesn't really bring anything new to the table. It's still a blast to watch though!